The Pharmacologic Management of Anxiety in Adults


About the Course  
Anxiety disorders are the most commonly diagnosed psychiatric disorders, with an estimated 264 million persons globally suffering from an anxiety disorder. It’s estimated that 19.1% of adults in the United States (U.S.) are affected by at least one anxiety disorder; this number increases to 31.9% in U.S. adolescents. Common anxiety disorders include generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), panic disorder (PD), specific phobias, agoraphobia, social anxiety disorder (SAD), and separation anxiety disorder. This course reviews the diagnosis and pharmacological management of anxiety disorders, as well as medications which can cause or exacerbate anxiety symptoms.  

Learning Outcomes  

Upon the completion of this course, the learner will be able to:


  • Upon the completion of this course, the learner will be able to:
  • Differentiate characteristics and DSM-V diagnostic criteria for specific anxiety disorders.  
  • Compare and contrast pharmacologic options for the treatment of anxiety disorders with regard to pharmacologic properties and place in therapy.  

Pharmacists Technicians:

  • Recognize medications associated with causing or exacerbating anxiety symptoms. 
  • Describe characteristics for specific anxiety disorders.

About the Author/Presenter  
Alex Brewer, PharmD, is a licensed pharmacist and medical writer. Dr. Brewer received his Doctor of Pharmacy from the University of Kentucky in Lexington, Kentucky. After graduation, he stayed with the University of Kentucky for a one-year pharmacy residency with emphasis in community pharmacy and geriatrics. Upon completing residency, he worked in the managed care field, conducting medication therapy management and adherence counseling sessions with Medicaid, Medicare, and private insurance patients, before transitioning to a career in medical writing. In addition to his work as a medical writer, Dr. Brewer also works in private practice helping patients with comprehensive weight loss and exercise programs coupled with chronic disease management and medication therapy management.  

How to Receive Credit 

  • Read the entire course online or in print which requires a 2-hour commitment of time. 
  • After completion of the course, complete the final examination.  A passing grade of 75% is required. Test questions link content to learning outcomes as a method to enhance individualized learning and material retention.   
    Note to Nursing professionals: Depending on your state requirements, you will be asked to either affirm that you have completed the course, or you will be required to complete the Post-test included in the course
  • Provide required personal information and payment information.
  • Complete the mandatory course evaluation.
  • Print your Certificate of Completion.  

Conflict of Interest  
Colibri Healthcare, LLC implemented mechanisms prior to the planning and implementation of the continuing education activity, to identify and resolve conflicts of interest for all individuals in a position to control content of the course activity.  

Sponsorship/Commercial Support and Non-Endorsement  
It is the policy of Colibri not to accept commercial support. Furthermore, commercial interests are prohibited from distributing or providing access to this activity to learners.  

The information provided in this activity is for continuing education purposes only and is not meant to substitute for the independent medical judgment of a healthcare provider relative to diagnostic and treatment options of a specific patient’s medical condition.  
©2023: All Rights Reserved. Materials may not be reproduced without the expressed written permission or consent of Colibri Healthcare, LLC. The materials presented in this course are meant to provide the consumer with general information on the topics covered. The information provided was prepared by professionals with practical knowledge of the areas covered. It is not meant to provide medical, legal, or professional advice. Colibri Healthcare, LLC recommends that you consult a medical, legal, or professional services expert licensed in your state. Colibri Healthcare, LLC has made all reasonable efforts to ensure that all content provided in this course is accurate and up to date at the time of printing but does not represent or warrant that it will apply to your situation nor circumstances and assumes no liability from reliance on these materials. Quotes are collected from customer feedback surveys. The models are intended to be representative and not actual customers.  

Accreditations and Approvals  
Colibri Healthcare, LLC is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education. (Provider #0607). Your hours will be reported to CPE Monitor within 10 business days after course completion. 
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Activity Type: Knowledge
Target Audience: Pharmacists, Pharmacist Technicians