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ch 6: anxiety disorders 08/04/2009 20:35:00 -fear lets you act immediately and helps avoid danger -anxiety helps anticipate and prepare for important events in the future -anxiety disorders lead to significant social and occupational impairment -anxiety and mood disorders:  Defined in terms of negative emotional responses May share common causal features  Stressful life events play a role in onset of both depression and anxiety Cog factors; bio: certain brain regions are involved in etiology Agoraphobia : an exaggerated fear of being in situations from which escape might be difficult Case Study: A writer’s panic disorder with agoraphobia Attack in a supermarket  Always hit in crowded places difficult to escape What if I panic in the middle of no where?  By remembering old episodes, brought out new ones What stress caused disorder? Pattern of attacks? Why safe in some situations and not  others?  Symptoms Preoccupation/persistent  avoidance of thoughts or situations that provide fear or anxiety Anxiety: can refer to either a mood or syndrome  o Mood: often defined in contrast to the specific emotion of fear o Fear : experienced in the face of real, immediate danger; binds quickly in intensity  and helps organize the person’s behavioral responses to threats from the  environment (escaping or fighting back) 
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o Anxiety : involves a more general or diffuse emotional reaction that is out of  proportion to threats; being directed toward the person’s present circumstances,  anxiety is associated with the anticipation of future problems  o Serves as a signal that someone must prepare for an upcoming event o High levels of anxiety come incapacitating by disrupting concentration and  performance o Pessimistic thoughts and feelings; Focuses on negative emotions and self evaluation  o Anxious apprehension: 1) high levels of diffuse negative emotion 2) a sense of  uncontrollability 3) a shift in attention to a primary self focus or state of self  preoccupation  Excessive worry: o Worry : a relatively uncontrollable sequence of negative, emotional thoughts that are  concerned with possible future threats or danger o Self initiated or provoked by specific experience or ongoing difficulties in the person’s  daily life Panic Attacks: o Panic   attack : sudden, overwhelming experience of terror or fright  o False alarm; more intense and sudden onset o Somatic symptoms: heart palpitations, sweating, and trembling, nausea, dizziness,  chills  o Cognitive symptoms: feel as though they are about to die, lose control, or go crazy o Said to be expected, or cued, if it occurs only in the presence of a particular stimulus 
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