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Psychology - Session 17

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Department
Psychology
Course
PSYA02H3
Professor
Steve Joordens
Semester
Winter

Description
● tightrope of mental stability ○ mental illness ■ degree of present and maladaptive and interference of life ○ everybody has a bit of crazy ● somatoform disorders ○ people who feel sick when they don’t have any underlying biological reason ○ mostly women ○ symptoms ■ chronic, baseless wide-ranging complaints ■ a little bit of everything ■ leads to changes in life ● doctors (visit often), meds ■ similar to hypochondriasis ■ runs in families ■ catch whatever is popular ○ extreme version ■ conversion disorder ● men and women equally ● must be associated with psychological trigger ● malingering, different from because truly believe ○ faking a sickness ● panic attacks ○ women twice as likely ○ amygdala focused on danger ■ activates sympathetic system when excited ■ kicks in hippocampus ■ prepares or gets us out of danger ■ random activation in brain ■ escape unseen danger, terrifying and feels helpless as well as dizzy, etc. ● about to die soon ○ leads to anticipatory anxiety ■
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