Medicalization

Medicalization - Jare Melanie Philip HSOC 275: Medical...

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Jare Melanie Philip HSOC 275: Medical Sociology Medicalization Assignment Failed Achievement Anxiety Disorder (FAAD) The fourth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical manual characterizes anxiety as a normal occurrence similar to a “flight or fight response” accompanied by an increased heart rate and tense muscles. However, this normal behavioral response becomes a clinical concern if the normal state of worrying is persistent and excessive. The presence of an anxiety disorder is often characterized by inappropriate anxiety in situations that do not warrant such a response or when anxiety attacks occur without any stimulus. While many Americans experience some normal form of anxiety on a daily basis, it is reported that approximately 40 million American adults ages 18 and older, or about 18.1 percent of people in this age group in a given year, have an anxiety disorder 1 . The prevalence of anxiety disorders within the American population is alarmingly high and a source of major concern. One particular group of individuals where anxiety disorders are a major concern is among college-aged adults. A university setting can pose many stressors for incoming students including a new academic setting, being on one’s own for the first time, and the challenge of meeting new people and fostering new relationships. Oftentimes it is the rigor of this new academic environment that is a significant source of stress. A mental health survey conducted by the American College Health Association reveals that 48.4 percent of college students felt overwhelming anxiety anytime during the last twelve months. Furthermore, 43.9 percent of 1 "NIMH · The Numbers Count: Mental Disorders in America." NIMH · Home . National Institutes of Mental Health. Web. 14 Feb. 2011. <http://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/publications/the-numbers-count-mental-disorders-in- america/index.shtml#Anxiety>.
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student cited academics as the major source of stress 2 . This data is compelling evidence for the growing prevalence of Failed Achievement Anxiety Disorder (FAAD) among college-aged
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This note was uploaded on 10/21/2011 for the course HSOC 247 taught by Professor Jasonshitnicker during the Spring '11 term at UPenn.

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