School

School of Humanities and Sciences

Department

Psychology

ICC Theme

Mind, Body, Spirit

Date

2-4-2019 2:50 PM

Abstract

Of the population of college-aged Americans, 5.63 million are prescribed psychiatric medications. Two of the most commonly prescribed are benzodiazepines and stimulants, used to treat anxiety and ADHD, respectively. About 1.3 million Americans aged 18-24 are prescribed psychiatric stimulants, and about 1.5 million prescribed benzodiazepines (“Total Number of People,” 2018). Although the purpose of these is to relieve patients’ symptoms, some researchers investigated if the intended benefits outweigh the unintended risks. Previous research suggests that benzodiazepines are related to higher levels of aggression (Jones, Nielsen, Bruno, Frei, & Lubman, 2011). Counterintuitively, stimulants are related to lower levels of aggression but have been associated with higher levels of anxiety (McKernan et al., 2015). The current study explores the relationship between those who actively take prescription benzodiazepines or stimulants and anxiety and aggression levels.

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Poster

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Apr 2nd, 2:50 PM

Unintended Consequences: Effects of Psychiatric Medications on College Students

Of the population of college-aged Americans, 5.63 million are prescribed psychiatric medications. Two of the most commonly prescribed are benzodiazepines and stimulants, used to treat anxiety and ADHD, respectively. About 1.3 million Americans aged 18-24 are prescribed psychiatric stimulants, and about 1.5 million prescribed benzodiazepines (“Total Number of People,” 2018). Although the purpose of these is to relieve patients’ symptoms, some researchers investigated if the intended benefits outweigh the unintended risks. Previous research suggests that benzodiazepines are related to higher levels of aggression (Jones, Nielsen, Bruno, Frei, & Lubman, 2011). Counterintuitively, stimulants are related to lower levels of aggression but have been associated with higher levels of anxiety (McKernan et al., 2015). The current study explores the relationship between those who actively take prescription benzodiazepines or stimulants and anxiety and aggression levels.

 

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