Pharmacology I - Chapter 5 Glossary Terms

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anxiety

state of apprehension and autonomic nervous system activation resulting from exposure to a nonspecific or unknown cause

anxiolytics

drugs that relieve anxiety

compulsion

a ritualized behavior or mental act that a patient is driven to perform in response to his or her obsessions

barbiturates

drugs that depress multiple aspects of central nervous system function and can be used for sleep, seizures, and general anesthesia

benzodiazepines

drugs of first choice for treating anxiety and insomnia

hypnotics

drugs given to promote sleep

obsession

a recurrent, persistent thought, impulse, or mental image that is unwanted and distressing, and comes involuntarily to mind despite attempts to ignore or suppress it

panic disorder

anxiety characterized by intense feelings of immediate apprehension, fearfulness, and terror

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