Module 48: Anxiety DisordersAnxiety disorders: psychological disorders characterized by distressing, persistent anxiety or maladaptive behaviours that reduce anxiety.Generalized Anxiety Disorder and Panic DisorderGeneralized anxiety disorder: an anxiety disorder in which a person is continually tense, apprehensive, and in a state of autonomic nervous system arousal.Symptoms: continually tense and jittery, worried about possible bad things happening, plagued by muscular tension, agitation, and sleeplessness. Concentration is hard—attention switches from worry to worry. Cannot identify the cause—cannot avoid or deal with.Panic disorder: an anxiety disorder marked by unpredictable minutes-long episode of intense dread (panic attack) in which a person experiences terror and accompanying chest pain, choking, or other frightening sensations.They have agoraphobia: fear or avoidance of situations in which escape might be difficult or help unavailable when panic strikes.
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