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Unformatted text preview: Anxiety symptoms and behaviors are learned, like everything else Conditioned emotional responses that generalize to new situations Avoidance Learning: When making a particular response delays or prevents the onset of a painful or unpleasant stimulus Theoretical Causes of Anxiety Disorders: Behavioral (Continued) Anxiety Reduction Hypothesis: When reward of immediate relief from anxiety perpetuates self-defeating avoidance behaviors Theoretical Causes of Anxiety Disorders: Cognitive When distorted thinking causes people to magnify ordinary threats and failures, leading to anxiety and distress Psychosis and Hallucinations Psychosis: loss of contact with shared views of reality Delusions and hallucinations are core features of psychosis Delusions: False beliefs that individuals insist are true, regardless of overwhelming evidence against them...
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