col-10 - A. B. Chapter 14: Are Mental Disorders Diseases...

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Chapter 14: Are Mental Disorders Diseases [207] A. Natural selection cares about our fitness not our comfort B. Emotions 1. Unpleasant emotions – defenses against pain or vomiting 2. Emotions are adaptations shaped by natural selection a. “Darwinian algorithms of the mind” 3. Most mental problems result from complex interactions of genetic predispositions, early life events, drugs and other physical effects on the brain, current relationships, life situations, cognitive habits, and psychodynamics 4. Rheumatoid arthritis : an autoimmune disorder caused by the immune system being too active and attacking issues it shouldn’t C. Anxiety 1. Anxiety symptoms: rapid heartbeat, deep breathing, sweating, and an increase in blood glucose and epinephrine levels 2. It is not a disease, it is a defense 3. The “fight or flight” reaction 4. Occurs in face of threat 5. How natural selection shaped mechanisms that regulate anxiety a. Anxiety uses extra calories, makes us less fit for many everyday activities and damages
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This note was uploaded on 04/19/2011 for the course COLL-E 105 taught by Professor Evans during the Winter '08 term at Indiana.

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col-10 - A. B. Chapter 14: Are Mental Disorders Diseases...

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