PSYC 101 Notes 4/12/11•PTSD- caused by traumatic events such as natural disasters, car accidents, physical assault, etc. •PTSD- symptom clusters- re-experiencing the event, try to avoid things associated with the event, easily aroused/on edge, keyed up•Agoraphobia- fear of going outside, going outside the home. Very extreme versions tend to be housebound. Overwhelming fear of leaving the house, being in places where escape is difficult•Why do people have agoraphobia? People may be afraid of a specific place, and main thing that causes people to be afraid: panic attacks. Fear of having a panic attack in a place where escape is difficult•Panic attack- rush of intense fear or anxiety, but no reason for it to happen•Physiological component of panic attack- heartbeat changes, sweating, trembling, shaking, shortness of breath, feeling of choking, chest pain or discomfort, nausea or abdominal distress, dizzy, lightheaded, faint, chills, hot flashes, parenthesis•
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