• David A. BeckEmail author
  • Christine L. Beck


Anxiety is a frequent comorbid illness with neurological disorders. This chapter looks at the most common anxiolytics currently used and gives guidance in their proper use. The mainstays of long-term treatment in any of the anxiety disorders are the selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) and serotonin/norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs). Acute treatment relies on benzodiazepines. Despite the effectiveness of the SSRIs and SNRIs, other medications are commonly used. Patient features which are prominent in the decision on which agent to use and patient features most commonly experienced in clinical practice are discussed. The nuances and rationales for various medications are reviewed. Additionally, the use of adjunctive medications is examined.


Anxiolytics Neurological conditions Generalized anxiety disorder Panic disorder SSRIs SNRIs 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Departments of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience and Internal MedicineSaint Louis University School of MedicineSt. LouisUSA
  2. 2.Maryville UniversitySt. LouisUSA

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