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Lecture 28 – Chapter 17
Hypochondriacs: persistent exaggerated fear that one is suffering from a physical illness
oInterpret their physical symptoms as indicative of serious illness; quickly seek
medical attention and expect the worse
oWhen tests are negative, they worry that test was overlooked
oMay take blood pressure frequently, keep a lot of medication at hand
[Video]
- intense anxiety that she is ill and dying
- withdrawal due to change in behavior of father with her
Freudian like interpretations
Causes of Anxiety Disorders - complex, but there is some evidence for each of the following
oStressful life events (having faced danger) learned to a certain extent
oChildhood adversity (parental neglect, worry, abuse)
oAttachment style (insecure attachment) child doesnt develop attachment or
support from parents
oLearning mechanisms (phobia after bad experience) accidents?
oCognition (catastrophic misinterpretation) encountering something that may be
somewhat worrisome but turning it into a catastrophe
oBiology (high heritability; chemically induced panic)
Treatment of Anxiety Disorders
oMedication/pharmacotherapy
-Benzodiazepines (Brands: Valium, Xanax)
-SRIs (Serotonin reuptake inhibitors used for OCD) inhibit uptake of serotonin in
brain to allow it to keep it in the brain, reducing anxiety
oPsychotherapy
-Cognitive-behavioral therapy
-*Exposure with relaxation (systematic desensitization) phobic individuals worked
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Lecture 28 Chapter 17 Hypochondriacs: persistent exaggerated fear that one is suffering from a physical illness o Interpret their physical symptoms as indicative of serious illness; quickly seek medical attention and expect the worse o When tests are negative, they worry that test was overlooked o May take blood pressure frequently, keep a lot of medication at hand [Video] - intense anxiety that she is ill and dying - withdrawal due to change in behavior of father with her Freudian like interpretations Causes of Anxiety Disorders - complex, but there is some evidence for each of the following o Stressful life events (having faced danger) learned to a certain extent o Childhood adversity (parental neglect, worry, abuse) o Attachment style (insecure attachment) c
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