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The Neuropsychology of AnxietyAn enquiry into the function of the septo-hippocampal system$
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Jeffrey A. Gray and Neil McNaughton

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780198522713

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198522713.001.0001

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The anxiolytic drugs

The anxiolytic drugs

(p.58) 4 The anxiolytic drugs
The Neuropsychology of Anxiety

Jeffrey A. Gray

Neil McNaughton

Oxford University Press

This chapter defines anti-anxiety (anxiolytic) drugs, and reviews their types, clinical use, and behavioural pharmacology. Classical anxiolytic drugs and novel anxiolytic drugs share only anxiolytic action and no side-effects, in the clinic. They also share common actions on behaviours attributable to the behavioural inhibition system by the analysis of Chapter 3. Specific details of the changes produced lead to the conclusion that these drugs do not affect behaviours as such but rather, in other species as well as humans, act fundamentally to reduce anxiety itself.

Keywords:   anti-anxiety drugs, novel anxiolytics, classical anxiolytics, benzodiazepines, buspirone

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