The Benzodiazepine Withdrawal Symptom Questionnaire

J Affect Disord. 1990 May;19(1):53-61. doi: 10.1016/0165-0327(90)90009-w.


A self-report questionnaire is described which records the main symptoms experienced during withdrawal from benzodiazepines in pharmacologically dependent patients. The questionnaire consists of 20 items; evidence is given that these are reasonably independent and are sensitive in detecting withdrawal symptoms from a study of 68 patients undergoing slow withdrawal from benzodiazepines.

MeSH terms

  • Anti-Anxiety Agents / adverse effects*
  • Arousal / drug effects
  • Benzodiazepines
  • Humans
  • Neurologic Examination*
  • Psychometrics
  • Retrospective Studies
  • Substance Withdrawal Syndrome / diagnosis*
  • Substance-Related Disorders / diagnosis


  • Anti-Anxiety Agents
  • Benzodiazepines