Module 41 - Module 41 ANXIETY DISORDERS Anxiety is a...

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Module 41 ANXIETY DISORDERS Anxiety is a nervous, jittery feeling of apprehension accompanied by a pounding heart, trembling hands, cold and sweaty palms, a quivering voice, a dry mouth, dizziness, light-headedness, fatigue, a shortness of breath, an upset stomach, or diarrhea When these feelings become frequent and debilitating, it may be an anxiety disorder Generalized anxiety disorder An estimated 5% of adults suffer what is known as generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) o A persistent, gnawing undercurrent of “free-floating” anxiety Many people have anxiety attacks that are more focused than GAD o Three disorders are described in the section Panic, phobias, and obsessive-compulsive disorders Two points worth noting o Although the different anxiety disorders are in some ways distinct, most people who have one type are likely to exhibit the symptoms of at least one other type as well o Although people all over the world suffer from intense anxiety, the specific symptoms they experience are molded by their cultural
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This note was uploaded on 04/04/2008 for the course PSYCH 101 taught by Professor Brill during the Fall '07 term at Rutgers.

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Module 41 - Module 41 ANXIETY DISORDERS Anxiety is a...

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