2-Minute Neuroscience: Benzodiazepines

Benzodiazepines are a class of drugs commonly used to treat anxiety disorders and sleep disorders. They are thought to exert their effects in the brain by acting at receptors for the neurotransmitter gamma-aminobutyric acid, or GABA. In this video, I cover the the mechanism of action for benzodiazepines and discuss how it is thought to lead to calming effects.