Psych final paper (1).pdf - Running head BEHAVIOR MODIFICATION 1 BEHAVIOR MODIFICATION ANXIETY TERESA GONZALES PAUL PRESSON PSYCH 105 BEHAVIOR

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Running head: BEHAVIOR MODIFICATION 1 BEHAVIOR MODIFICATION: ANXIETY TERESA GONZALES PAUL PRESSON PSYCH 105 APRIL 23, 2019
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BEHAVIOR MODIFICATION 2 Abstract: In this essay I will discuss the symptoms that have I have personally experienced due to anxiety. I will focus on symptoms of repetitive negative thinking since I believe this behavior heightens and triggers my symptoms and discuss how to modify this behavior through changes in sleep habits and restoration of circadian rhythm. I will discuss if I was able to relieve some of the symptoms through methods of a sleeping schedule, negative punishment, and positive reinforcement. For clarification, the introduction is a poem about an individual who is experiencing symptoms of overwhelming sadness, fear, and negative thinking due to depression and is explaining how these affect her life. I chose the poem because though it is about depression more than anxiety, I am able to relate to the authors experience. Introduction : This week I sat in an autozone parking lot and cried for ten minutes because I couldn’t change a headlight, which sounds like a lead up to a terrible stand-up routine, right? One where the joke is always on me? Like, haha, I ate half a bag of pretzel m&ms at 11:30 in the morning IN BED or, I watched the pilot of Gossip Girl ten times in the past two weeks because I keep falling asleep halfway through because being sad is a goddamn joke sometimes. My headlight went out and my first thought was “seems right.” I couldn’t change it myself because I’d have to take off the whole bumper or something and I thought “of course” or “I wish I was dead.” Being this kind of sad is funny that way, no inconvenience is a minor inconvenience, it’s all the end of the world or might as well be, my brain is dramatic like that. Depression is a silent film, a monologue shot underwater, depression is sulking because I won’t talk to it anymore, by which I mean ABOUT it. There are some days I am so sad I don’t remember what it’s like not to be, like when you have a bad cold and you forget how to breathe through your nose and you’re so sure you’ll never breathe through your nose again and I’m so sure I’ll never feel joy again (Myers, 2017)
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BEHAVIOR MODIFICATION 3 I chose this poem because though it is about depression more than anxiety, I have had similar experiences and feelings. The author talks about her experience with her headlight going out and that this event is only a minor inconvenience but felt like her world is ending. When you have depression or
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