About This Chapter
About This Chapter
Anti-anxiety medications are used to relieve the effects of debilitating anxiety. There are many different kinds of anti-anxiety drugs, which are sometimes referred to as tranquilizers. They include the benzodiazepines such as alprazolam, diazepam and lorezepam. The terms 'sedatives' and 'hypnotics' are sometimes used interchangeably. These medications are known to reduce irritability and induce sleep. When you have watched the video lessons in this Anti-Anxiety and Sedative Hypnotics chapter, you should know more about:
- Various anxiety disorders
- The uses of benzodiazepines and barbiturates
- Some of the uses for anti-anxiety medications
|Understanding Anxiety Disorders: Definitions and Perspectives in Mental Health||Explore the potential causes of substance-related disorders.|
|Barbiturates: Categories, Effects and Uses||Learn about the chronic effects of sedative hypnotics medications.|
|The Development of Benzodiazepines as Anti-Anxiety Medications||Discover how these medications were created.|
|Patterns of Benzodiazepine Misuse and Abuse||Discuss what happens in instances of abuse and misuse, including withdrawal and overdose.|
|Nonbenzodiazepine Depressants: Sedative Hypnotics and Anti-Anxiety Medications||Find out about new developments in sedatives and anti-anxiety drugs.|
|Prevention and Treatment Programs for Anti-Anxiety and Sedative Hypnotics Drug Abuse||Discover how the abuse of these drugs can be prevented, and how abusers can be treated.|
1. Understanding Anxiety Disorders: Definition and Perspectives in Mental Health
Anxiety disorders are the most common type of mental disorder, affecting as many as one in four people. In this lesson, we will explore anxiety disorders including common causes, symptoms, and treatments.
2. Barbiturates: Categories, Effects & Uses
Barbiturates are categorized according to how long their effects last. Learn about the different categories of barbiturates and the sedative effects they have on your body. By viewing this lesson, you will also learn how barbiturates are used today.
3. The Development of Benzodiazepines as Antianxiety Medications
Benzodiazepines are used as medications to treat anxiety, among other things. This lesson provides a synopsis of their development and the effects these drugs can have on the mind and body.
4. Patterns of Benzodiazepine Misuse & Abuse
Benzodiazepines, like the famous Valium, are drugs that have been successfully used to treat a wide variety of problems. However, they can be misused and abused. Find out the differences between misuse and abuse, and discover their signs and symptoms.
5. Nonbenzodiazepine Depressants: Sedative Hypnotics & Antianxiety Medications
Benzodiazepines are known for their potential for abuse and that's precisely why alternatives to their various uses exist in medicine, ones this lessons points out.
6. Anti-anxiety & Sedative Hypnotics Drug Abuse Prevention & Treatment Programs
In this lesson you will learn about anxiolytics and sedatives. We'll discuss the prevention strategies people of all ages can undertake to avoid abusing these drugs and the major treatment strategies involved in their discontinuation.
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- Antipsychotic Drugs, Antidepressants & Mood Stabilizers
- Lesser Known Drugs that Are Abused
- Pharmacological & Neurophysiological Principles
- Classification of Drugs
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