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Introduction to Psychology Class 19: Psychological Disorders and their Treatment Myers: 469-486, 507-516 August 1 st , 2006
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Psychological Disorders Definition: A “harmful dysfunction” in which behavior is judged to be atypical, disturbing, maladaptive, and unjustifiable. Perspectives : Middle Ages = Possession by demons Medical = Diagnosis of symptoms, therapy and treatment for cure Bio-psycho-social = Genes + Physiology + Environment+ Social Factors + Cultural Factors
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Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) Continual autonomic nervous system arousal Source of “free-floating” anxiety is inexplicable Women > Men Symptoms: tense, jittery, anticipating bad things, muscular tension, agitation, sleeplessness, trembling, perspiration, fidgeting, difficulty concentrating
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Panic Disorder (AD) Minute-long episode of intense dread in which a person experiences what seems like a heart attack Palpitating heart, shortness of breath, choking, trembling , dizziness, chest pain Smokers> Non-smokers Often associated with Agoraphobia Movie clip
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