Antianxiety Drugs: Clinical use in Psychiatry

  • Karl Rickels
  • Robert W. Downing
  • Andrew Winokur


Each year, millions of patients visit physicians seeking relief from tensions, fears, worries, anxieties, and depression. Most physicians have found psychopharmacological agents, prescribed within the context of supportive, ventilating, or nonexploratory, as well as dynamic and insight-oriented psychotherapy, most useful for alleviating these disturbing emotions. Psychopharmacological agents do not, of course, represent a panacea for all neurotic ills. They do not, for example, directly affect the psychodynamic and environmental factors responsible for emotional problems; they do not directly affect the characterological or personality side of the patient (Joyce, 1971). By relieving the symptoms of anxiety, tension, and depression, however, they often render a patient less miserable and able to cope with intrapsychic and extrapsychic stress more appropriately.


Psychotropic Drug Anxious Patient Interpersonal Sensitivity Nonspecific Factor Hopkins Symptom Checklist 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Karl Rickels
    • 1
  • Robert W. Downing
    • 1
  • Andrew Winokur
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PsychiatryUniversity of PennsylvaniaPhiladelphiaUSA

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