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Anxiety, unpleasant feeling of fear and apprehension. Anxiety disorders, subjectively experienced feelings of anxiety are clearly present (the most common psychological disorders) > more common in women (15-24 years old) than men. > those w/ an anxiety disorder and those w/ a substance-related disorder were less likely to seek professional help. Phobia, a disrupting, fear-mediated avoidance that is out of proportion to the danger actually posed and is recognized by the sufferer as groundless. > sufficient distress and social/occupational impairment to disrupt one s life. > claustrophobia, fear of closed spaces; agoraphobia, fear of public spaces, acrophobia, fear of heights, ergasiophobia, fear of writing, pnigophobia, fear of choking, taphephobia, fear of being buried alive, anglophobia, fear of england, mysophobia, fear of contamination and dirt. Psychologists tend to focus on diff aspects of phobias according to the paradigm they ve adopted. > psychoanalysts see the phobic object as a symbol of an important unconscious fear.

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