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April 20, 1964

Anxiety—What Is It? How Can It Be Measured? Can It Be Treated With Tranquilizing Drugs?

JAMA. 1964;188(3):49-55. doi:10.1001/jama.1964.03060290151075

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This subjective experience was described by David Stafford-Clark, MD, of Guy's Hospital in London, at a one-day symposium on anxiety held in New York City, April 1. "There is also the accompanying and underlying physiological change, immensely complicated and mediated by the central nervous system, the autonomic system, and the neuro-endocrine system. Anxiety is in the most profound sense a psychosomatic disorder," Stafford-Clark said.

Regarded in some quarters as a symptom of twentieth century life, anxiety is "a potentially troublesome symptom complex, increasingly prevalent under population pressures," in the words of the symposium chairman, Chauncey D. Leake, PhD, of the University of California Medical School in San Francisco.

"While a little anxiety may help to maintain competitive drive, too much chronic anxiety may give signs of psychological and physiological stress. It may therefore be worthwhile to take time to examine the symptom of anxiety, and to consider what success we

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