Generalized Luck Anxiety Disorder

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Jason Wang Generalized Luck Anxiety Disorder The field of psychology includes many types of disorders. They range from patients with irrational fears of objects to patients hearing and seeing things that do not exist. Whatever side of the spectrum a disorder falls under, all of them affect the well being of the patient or those around him or her. Many cultures hold various superstitions that the people born in that society may believe in. For most people, they take the idea of luck as a form of amusement more than they take it as a serious life altering influence. For those that do take their belief in luck seriously, it can lead to problems in their own life, as well as in the lives of those around them. The strong belief in luck and its effects on an individual’s life meet the criteria for a new type of psychological disorder called Generalized Luck Anxiety Disorder. The behaviors and cognitions associated with Generalized Luck Disorder constitute the need for the patient to seek a professional evaluation. One behavior characteristic of the disorder is the patient performing various acts thought to bring themselves good luck. For example, a patient will go out of their way to look for a four leaf clover when they see a patch of clovers or to hang a horseshoe over their door in order to bring them good luck. More importantly, it is what the patient does to avoid bad luck that causes their anxiety. Examples of this are not walking on cracks in the sidewalk, not picking up a penny that is face down, avoiding black cats, not walking under a ladder, not opening an umbrella indoors, and not breaking a mirror. For most people, they happen to perform acts of good luck whenever the opportunity arises, but for people with Generalized Luck Anxiety Disorder, they constantly go out of their way in search of luck. Similarly, most people avoid acts of bad luck if they can remember, but don’t make a big deal if they do, while patients with the disorder will begin to worry, panic, or try and reverse the bad luck by performing an act of good luck. Additionally, a person with the disorder will 1
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Jason Wang become anxious at the sight of seeing others in potential situations of bad luck. A person with this disorder will need to seek a professional evaluation of whether or not they excessively worry about their luck compared to the average person. These behaviors and cognitions of the patient should also be considered pathological. Pathological is defined as “Of, relating to, or manifesting behavior that is habitual, maladaptive, and compulsive” (pathological 1). A patient with Generalized Luck Anxiety Disorder will habitually look for good luck and avoid bad luck at all costs, thus fitting the first part of the pathological definition. Since performing acts of good luck and avoiding the acts of bad luck can
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