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INTRAVENOUS INJECTION OF SODIUM AMYTAL AS A TEST FOR LATENT ANXIETY

INTRAVENOUS INJECTION OF SODIUM AMYTAL AS A TEST FOR LATENT ANXIETY Abstract SODIUM amytal has been widely utilized in the investigation and treatment of mental disorders. Its effectiveness in probing and clarifying stuporous psychotic states and its value in alleviating major hysteria are examples of its usefulness, which find expression in the routine daily work of most psychiatrists. There is, however, an area in the field of psychiatry where sodium amytal has been little used, yet an area where its utilization may prove fruitful indeed. This encompasses the so-called anxiety or tension states, by far the largest category of the psychoneuroses. The bulk of the conditions included under the clinical label of "psychoneurosis" cannot be adequately designated by such descriptively specific diagnoses as conversion hysteria, obsessive-compulsive states and hypochondriasis. Rather, they must be grouped together on the basis of the broad concept of tension engendered by frustration, thwarting and insecurity, and are consequently best and most simply described as the tension, or References 1. Cameron, D. E.: Am. J. Psychiat. 101:36-41 ( (July) ) 1944. 2. Wolff, H. G.: J. Omaha Mid-West Clin. Soc. 5:33-39, 1944. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Archives of Neurology & Psychiatry American Medical Association

INTRAVENOUS INJECTION OF SODIUM AMYTAL AS A TEST FOR LATENT ANXIETY

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American Medical Association
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Copyright © 1946 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved.
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0096-6754
DOI
10.1001/archneurpsyc.1946.02300220080006
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Abstract

Abstract SODIUM amytal has been widely utilized in the investigation and treatment of mental disorders. Its effectiveness in probing and clarifying stuporous psychotic states and its value in alleviating major hysteria are examples of its usefulness, which find expression in the routine daily work of most psychiatrists. There is, however, an area in the field of psychiatry where sodium amytal has been little used, yet an area where its utilization may prove fruitful indeed. This encompasses the so-called anxiety or tension states, by far the largest category of the psychoneuroses. The bulk of the conditions included under the clinical label of "psychoneurosis" cannot be adequately designated by such descriptively specific diagnoses as conversion hysteria, obsessive-compulsive states and hypochondriasis. Rather, they must be grouped together on the basis of the broad concept of tension engendered by frustration, thwarting and insecurity, and are consequently best and most simply described as the tension, or References 1. Cameron, D. E.: Am. J. Psychiat. 101:36-41 ( (July) ) 1944. 2. Wolff, H. G.: J. Omaha Mid-West Clin. Soc. 5:33-39, 1944.

Journal

Archives of Neurology & PsychiatryAmerican Medical Association

Published: Nov 1, 1946

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