PSY240H5 Lecture Notes - Lecture 4: Basal Ganglia, Fugue State, Mirror Neuron

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Anxiety is a part of the normal human experience. Wide range of views on what constitutes fear and anxiety. Anxiety is an affective state where by an individual feels threatened by the potential occurrence of a future negative event. Fear is a more primitive emotion and occurs in response to a real or perceived current threat. From an evolutionary perspective, fear is an important because of the response it elicits. The behavioral response knows as a fight or flight response, so named because fear either prompts a person to stay a fight to run from a dangerous situation. Panic is very similar to fear, making these two emotional states difficult to distinguish. However, panic may be triggered in the absence of provoking event. During the 19th and early 20th centuries many psychological problems were describes as neuroses. Until 1980, anxiety disorders were classified with dissociative and somatoform disorders under the heading of the neuroses.

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