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What is the diagnosis for Sedative, Hypnotic or Anxiolytic Intoxication?

A diagnosis of sedative, hypnotic or anxiolytic intoxication is based on recent use of one of these drugs while demonstrating:

  • Significant maladaptive behavioral or psychological changes (e.g., inappropriate sexual or aggressive behavior, mood changes, impaired judgment)
  • One or more of the following symptoms:
    • Slurred speech
    • Incoordination
    • Unsteady gait
    • Rapid eye movements
    • Impairment in cognition (e.g., attention, memory)
    • Stupor or coma

The symptoms are not attributable to another medical condition or mental disorder, including intoxication with another substance.

Mental Health Library Sources:

Information included in all topics of the Mental Health Library comes from the Desk Reference to the Diagnostic Criteria From DSM-5 and Kaplan & Sadock’s Concise Textbook of Clinical Psychiatry. Complete diagnostic and treatment information may be found within these publications.


Information within the Mental Health Library is not intended to be used for self-diagnosis purposes. Rather, it is provided as a public educational service to make people aware of mental health conditions. Please consult a qualified mental health professional for a diagnosis of any suspected mental health illness.

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