Michael Matthews November 8, 2011
Free floating anxiety:
Panic attacks- people have this overwhelming feeling of dread. 1/3 of university students admit to having
panic attacks. Very sudden, perspiration, repertory implications, cardiac changes. The trigger is usually a
perceived threat of physiological changes that are interpreted as extremely catastrophic. The solution to this
is to be with someone who can calm the person and keep them comfortable, reassure them they are not
going to die. Reassure them with some sense of safety. One of the key symptoms of anxiety is
uncontrollability. 2% female, 1% male. If you have 4 panic attacks in a month, you have a panic disorder.
Physiological changes can happen through exercise or sexual activity.
Only about 9% of panic attacks happen in the house (associated with a social phobia) –agoraphobia
Another form of free floating is called generalized anxiety disorder (GAD). Some argue that this is the pre-
state of panic disorders, low level chronic anxiety. An unrealistic worry of two or more of life’s
circumstances (health, money, family, work). This disorder gives link to a secondary anxiety, this this
worrying will cause sickness, family start to resent your behaviour…They do see the world as a fairly
dangerous place. Lots of anti-anxiety medication.
Post-traumatic stress reaction- happens after the event. 10% are women, usually from sexual assault. 5% of
men. Response to an event that is outside the use of human experience that would be marketable depressing
to any individual. The act of being assaulted sexually, or being violated by another human being, outdoes
any natural disaster. Three stages of this: shock, suggestibility (they will do virtually anything you suggest),
recovery. Vietnam War had a massive jump when soldiers came back.
If you is anxious, it leads to further depression because of peoples’awareness of their anxiety.
DSM’s biggest issue is how they “label” particular things.
About 1/3 of people who experience post-traumatic stress still experience parts of these years later.
Phobias- a persistent fear of a particular situation or object. Many would say this fear