PSYCH 3830 Lecture Notes - Lecture 9: Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Social Anxiety Disorder, Separation Anxiety Disorder

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PSYC 3830 Lecture 9 & 10 (Chapter 5)
Chapter 5
Anxiety Disorders Overview
A little anxiety helps up a person’s performance
Too much anxiety brings down a person’s performance
Fear vs. Anxiety
Fear is immediate, present-oriented, and has an element of wanting to
Anxiety is more future-oriented
Both are generally negative emotions, but not necessarily bad
Bio: genetic vulnerability can be a factor
20+ cigarettes smoked made teens 15x more likely to have
panic disorder
Psycho: sense of uncontrollability in childhood
Conditioning (inadvertent or advertent)
Children not being allowed to fail
Social: Stressful life events (happening now)
Comorbidity: two or more disorders in an individual
76% (about ¾) with anxiety or depression have at least one
additional disorder at some point in life
Anxiety Disorders
People with these disorders realize that they are being irrational
Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD)
Panic Disorder
Specific Phobias
Social Anxiety Disorder (SAD)
For the test, know the classes of disorders and know which one is in each class of
Panic disorder is an anxiety disorder
Also know what each disorder is separately
Book Reading
Pg. 144-5 Blood-injection-phobia through animal phobia
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