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Department
Psychological & Brain Sciences
Course
CAS PS 101
Professor
Tracy Dunne
Semester
Fall

Description
Psychological Disorders: Disorders reveal themselves in a person usually by mid-twenties, and become less likely as you get older trefenation: making holes in the head to let the devil out vulnerability stress model: the idea that everyone has some kind of vulnerability environment happenings collide with your vulnerability and a psychological problem emerges to meet the criteria of being abnormal, a behavior has to be: distressful: causes you distress dysfunctional: cannot function properly deviant: violating some written laws or social norms how we classify disorders: Reliability: How consistent the measurements or diagnoses are? Validity: Was the disorder accurately diagnosed? People are diagnosed on five axes ______________________________________________ Anxiety Disorders: Definition: Once anxiety attacks become more frequent, and once they become disproportional to the situation Symptoms ofAnxiety: Emotional Cognitive Physiological Behavioral 5 different anxiety disorders: GeneralizedAnxiety: Free floating worry or anxiety, don’t know what you’re anxious about Panic Disorder: Frequency of panic attacks increases Phobias: strong irrational fear of something OCD: obsessions are thoughts, compulsions are behaviors, you get an obsessive thought and act on it, four types are counting, cleaning, checking, and hoarding PTSD: anxiety thats comes after you have dealt with some traumatic event, there was no anxiety before the event but there is after People with anxiety disorders have a more reactive nervous system Somatoform Disorders: When a person has a physical problem, but there is no biological cause for the problem HIghly evolved defense mechanisms that convert anxiety into a physical problem Hypochondria: Very alarmed over physical symptoms, worry about symptoms so that they dont have to worry about what is actually giving them anxiety Conversion Disorder: Someone gets very serious neurological problems that occur suddenly due to something in the psyche, but the person is not alarmed by the symptoms M
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