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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