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Sep 25, 2017

This episode covers Chapter 102 of Rosen’s Emergency Medicine (9th Ed.), Anxiety Disorders. 

Episode Overview

  • Patients who present with predominant symptoms of anxiety may be suffering from medical disorders (think cardiac, resp, endocrine, neurologic), medication effects, or substance abuse or withdrawal.
  • Anxiety may accompany the onset of serious medical disease, cause significant metabolic demands, and stress a marginally compensated organ system.
  • Anxiety caused by physical illness is usually suggested by the patient’s physical findings but may require testing to further delineate the cause.
  • Oral, intravenous, or intramuscular medication may be necessary for patients who are a significant threat to themselves or others and for anxious patients with significant medical illness.
  • Limited benzodiazepine therapy may be helpful for select patients. SSRI’s are the go-to long term therapy.

Core questions:


  1. List 5 predictors of anxiety caused by an underlying medical issue (box)
  2. List 10 organic diseases that may present with anxiety
  3. Name 10 characteristics of a panic attack (box)
  4. List characteristics of post-traumatic stress disorder (box)
  5. Define the following: 
    1. Panic attack
    2. OCD
    3. GAD
  6. List ED management goals for patients with anxiety
  7. List 6 non-pharmacologic therapies for anxiety