PSYC1101_Disorders_II - Anxiety Disorders I...

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Anxiety Disorders 7/21/10 I. Anxiety -Presence of moderate anxiety is necessary for adaptive functioning -However, problematic when: -Anxiety levels are very high -Anxiety is sustained over a long period of time -1 in 4 people suffer from an anxiety disorder at some point in their life -All anxiety disorders share one common feature: -Excessive anxiety in the absence of real danger a. Why does anxiety matter? i. Excessive anxiety leads to a number of physical and psychological problems: 1. Sleep problems 2. Depression 3. Damage to the brain and body 4. Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) 5. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) II. Anxiety Disorders a. Generalized Anxiety Disorder i. Chronic, high levels of anxiety not tied to any specific threat ii. Worry incessantly about minor problems iii. Hyper vigilant to potential threats 1. Headaches, lightheadedness, fatigue iv. Affects approximately 6% of population b. Phobic Disorder -Anxiety tied to a specific stimulus or class of stimuli -Persistent and irrational fear of an object or situation that presents no
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This note was uploaded on 09/09/2011 for the course PSYC 1101 taught by Professor Leader during the Spring '07 term at Georgia Tech.

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