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Lecture 17

Lecture 17 Notes Detailed notes taken during the lecture. Talks about anxiety, anxiety disorders, depression, panic attacks, post-traumatic stress disorders, phobias, obsessive compulsive disorders, somatoform disorders

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Don Morgenson

PS101 Nov. 11, 2010 Psychology 101 Final midterm will be cumulative Anxiety disorders - Among the most common; single largest category - 17% of all Canadians suffer from some sort of anxiety disorder - Existentialists would argue that all of us have ontology (study of nature of human beings) disorder - Those who move past the anxiety grow Symptoms of Anxiety 1. Very high levels of diffused but negative emotions 2. Feat of uncontrollability - Perceived control is fundamental 3. Shift to self-focus - “What’s happening to me is all that’s important” Anxiety is expressed in a variety of ways and takes a variety of form 1. Panic attacks/Generalized Anxiety Disorder - Anxiety is unfocused 2. Phobias - Anxiety is highly focused as long as you can avoid your fear 3. Obsessive Compulsive Disorder - Anxiety increases if you do not perform those behaviours 4. Somatic 5. Dissociative disorder - Develops a multiple personality Panic attacks - To be diagnosed, you must have 4 attacks within a 4 week period - Females struggle with panic attacks more than males - A panic attack occurs suddenly, unexpectedly, - Derealisation: the real world looks unreal - Depersonalization - “What’s familiar is no longer familiar” - Trigger - Cued or uncued? - Only 9% of panic attacks occur at home - Agoraphobics cannot leave their home - Generalized anxiety disorders admittedly a low level disorder o Excess worry about money, health, family, work o Secondary anxiety: worry about worry; worried that anxiety will take over their lives socially Post-traumatic stress disorder - Not unusual to experience a great deal of stress after trauma PS101 Nov. 11, 2010 - Psychologically acute reactions to psychological events -
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