PSYB32H3 Chapter Notes - Chapter 6: Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Panic Disorder

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It can occur in many psychopathologies: anxiety is an unpleasant feeling of fear and apprehension, an anxiety disorder is diagnosed when feelings of anxiety are clearly present, dsm proposes 6 categories, phobias. fear & avoidance of objects or situations that do not present any real danger: panic disorder. recurrent panic attacks involving a sudden onset of physiological symptoms (dizziness, rapid heart rate etc) accompanied by terror and feeling of impending doom; sometimes accompanied with agoraphobia, a fear of being in public places: generalized anxiety disorder. persistent, uncontrollable worry, often about minor things: obsessive-compulsive disorder. experience of uncontrollable thoughts, impulses, or images (obsessions) and repetitive behaviours or mental acts (compulsions: posttraumatic stress disorder. aftermath of traumatic experience in which the person experiences increased arousal, avoidance of stimuli associated with the event, and anxiety in recalling the event: acute stress disorder. 16% and 9% of men suffer from anxiety disorders (mostly women 15-24 years)

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