Module 48 - Module 48: Anxiety Disorders Anxiety disorders:...

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Module 48: Anxiety Disorders Anxiety disorders: psychological disorders characterized by distressing, persistent anxiety or maladaptive behaviours that reduce anxiety. Generalized Anxiety Disorder and Panic Disorder Generalized 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. Phobias
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This note was uploaded on 02/26/2011 for the course PSYCH 101 taught by Professor Ennis during the Fall '09 term at Waterloo.

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