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Unformatted text preview: Abie Feuerstein 9-22-09 Abnormal psych GAD In elderly • Worry about failing health • Up to 7% prevalence • Use of minor tranquilizers: 17-50% o Medical problems o Sleep problems o Falls o Cognitive impairments GAD: Causes • Inherited tendency to become anxious • Neuroticism • Less responsiveness (no physiological symptoms. No sweating, increased heart-rate, just muscle tension o Autonomic restrictors • Threat sensitivity • Frontal lobe activation o Left vs. right GAD: Treatments • Pharmacological (there is no great treatment) o Benzodiazepines Risks vs. benefits o Antidepressants • Psychological (works better) o Similar effects to pills, better long-term o Cognitive-behavioral treatments (CBT) Exposure to worry process Confronting anxiety-provoking images Coping strategies o Acceptance o Meditation o Similar benefits o Better long-term results Panic Disorder with and without Agoraphobia • Clinical description o Unexpected panic attacks o Anxiety, worry, fear of another attack or implications and repercussion of panic attack you had o Persists for one month or more o Agoraphobia Fear or avoidance of situations/events that may trigger panic attack. Fear of being in a situation where escape is unavailable o Avoidance can be persistent (avoid the elevator in PSA)...
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This note was uploaded on 03/01/2011 for the course PSY 466 taught by Professor Erinlanphier during the Fall '09 term at ASU.
- Fall '09
- Abnormal Psychology