Behavioral Pharmacology of Anxiolytics

  • P. B. Dews
Part of the Handbook of Experimental Pharmacology book series (HEP, volume 55 / 2)


Anxiety is a term applied by clinicians to certain manifestations in patients. Clinical anxiety has three components. First there is a verbal component: The patient says that he or she is anxious or fearful or gives a semantically similar description. Second, there is a somatic-autonomic component. The patient is restless and agitated, has a higher heart rate, and sweats. Third, there is an interference with normal productive activities. Clinical anxiety should probably not be diagnosed if any of these three components is entirely lacking. In the clinical assessment of anxiety by history and physical examination, all three components are taken into account.


Agonistic Behavior Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory Clinical Anxiety Behavioral Pharmacology Anxiolytic Agent 
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