Anxiety and Associated Disorders

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Anxiety and Associated Disorders I) Anxiety – an unpleasant inner state associated with the possibility of danger (different from fear and stress in that it doesn’t activate the autonomic nervous system) a. Psychological Symptoms – include fear, worry and a sense of helplessness b. Physiological Symptoms – include hypertension, nausea and sleep disturbances II) Panic/Anxiety Disorders a. Panic Attack (not an actual disorder) – a discrete period in which there is a sudden onset of intense apprehension, fearfulness or terror i.Symptoms : include palpitations, sweating, shaking, dizziness and dying 1. Symptoms reach peak in 10 minutes and last not more than 30 ii.Typically follows highly stressful events iii.Comorbidity : generalized anxiety disorder and phobias iv.Types : unexpected, situationally bound (specific/social phobias) and situationally predisposed (may not happen with every exposure) v.Causal Factors : behavioral conditioning (body learns to react to things with panic attacks) or cognitive catastrophizing (thinking it will happen)
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This note was uploaded on 04/17/2008 for the course PSC 150 taught by Professor Greg during the Spring '05 term at CSU Stanislaus.

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