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Sedative, Hypnotic, or Anxiolytic Withdrawal Symptoms and DSM-IV Diagnosis


Sedative, Hypnotic, or Anxiolytic Withdrawal Symptoms and Diagnosis Overview:

addictionSedative, Hypnotic, or Anxiolytic Withdrawal symptoms and diagnostic criteria follow below. While some of these Sedative, Hypnotic, or Anxiolytic Withdrawal symptoms may be recognized by family, teachers, legal and medical professionals,  and others, only  properly trained mental health professionals (psychologists, psychiatrists, professional counselors etc.) can or should even attempt to make a mental health diagnosis. Many additional factors are considered in addition to the Sedative, Hypnotic, or Anxiolytic Withdrawal  symptoms in making proper diagnosis, including frequently medical and psychological testing considerations. This information on symptoms and diagnostic criteria for Sedative, Hypnotic, or Anxiolytic Withdrawal are for information purposes only and should never replace the judgment and comprehensive assessment of a trained mental health clinician. 


Diagnostic criteria for 292.0 Sedative, Hypnotic, or Anxiolytic Withdrawal


  1. Cessation of (or reduction in) sedative, hypnotic, or anxiolytic use that has been heavy and prolonged.


B.    Two (or more) of the following, developing within several hours to a few days after Criterion A:


(1)   autonomic hyperactivity (e.g., sweating or pulse rate greater than 100)

(2)   increased hand tremor

(3)   insomnia

(4)   nausea or vomiting

(5)   transient visual, tactile, or auditory hallucinations or illusions

(6)   psychomotor agitation

(7)   anxiety

(8)   grand mal seizures


C.    The symptoms in Criterion B cause clinically significant distress or impairment in social, occupational, or other important areas of functioning.


  1. The symptoms are not due to a general medical condition and are not better accounted for by another mental disorder.


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      With Perceptual Disturbances


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