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Anxiety Disorders Study Guide Part 1 Primary Symptoms is excessive anxiety and/or debilitating attempts to avoid  anxiety Anxiety is a state of alarm in response to a vague sense of threat or dancer Develop way to avoid anxiety and keeping it down, but they way they develop  and avoid is excessive like never leaving the house.   Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD)      Characteristics of GAD o      Free Floating anxiety, chronic (last a long time) and persistent      World is a scary place, nervous all the time! o      Autonomic Arousal      Autonomic nervous system, part of body that gets you  aroused and alert      Sympathetic and parasympathetic mechanisms      Automatic responses that prepare  prganisms for fligh/fight then return to   resting state      No parasympathetic functioning, constant state of  arouse is how anxious people feel. o      Vigilance/Scanning      Always being on the alert o      May co-occur with specific phobias, depressive symptoms      Constantly afraid, propensity to have fears.      GAD= Hyper activation of sympathetic mechanisms      Symptoms inclue restlessness, easy fatigue, irritability, muscle tension  and or sleep disturbances o      Symptoms last at least six months      Causes of GAD o      Social unrest, disruption (sociocultural Perspective      Since race is closesly tied to income and job  opportunities in the US, it is also tied to the prevalence of  GAD
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     In any given year, about 6% of African Americans  vs 3.5% of Caucasians suffer from GAD      African American women have highest  rates (6.6% o
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