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Week 2 Notes

by: Megan Henrichs

Week 2 Notes Psy 350

Megan Henrichs
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Raymond Bergner
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This 2 page Class Notes was uploaded by Megan Henrichs on Friday January 22, 2016. The Class Notes belongs to Psy 350 at Illinois State University taught by Raymond Bergner in Summer 2015. Since its upload, it has received 11 views.


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Date Created: 01/22/16
Week 2 1/25/16  Chronic anxious arousal and hyper vigilance  Re-experiencing the traumatic event(s)  Avoidance  Reduced responsiveness (emotional numbing)  Survivor guilt (sometimes)  Symptoms may endure a long time  Symptoms may have delayed onset  Explanation:  Case of Wilbur  Symptoms:  Why anxiety and hyper vigilance?  Could happen again  Why avoidance?  So the thoughts diminish and go away--get their mind onto something else  Why reliving of traumatic event(s)?  It was scary, scarred them  Why reduced responsiveness(emotional numbness)?  Pre-emptive motive--nothing else matters  Why survivor guilt?  You survived and someone else perished 1/27/16  After traumatic event, who is at greater risk?  Those with greatest severity, proximity to, and duration of trauma  Those with less social support  Those who suffer "shattered assumptions"  Biological factors  Genetics: stronger than average physiological responders  Why delayed onset in some cases?  Psychoanalytic explanation: Freud's theory of all neurotic symptoms (review phobia notes on this)  Therapies for PTSD  Drug therapy  SSRI's (e.g. zoloft, paxil) most helpful  Drugs achieve partial symptom relief  Usually suppress, but do not cure -- problem often returns when drugs discontinued  Psychotherapy  Exposure therapies  Disclosure  Desensitization  EMDR (eye movement desensitization and reprocessing)  The case of Anne 1/29/16 PANIC DISORDERS:  Clinical picture: P has recurrent sudden intense panic attacks of short duration  Seem to come out of nowhere; no identifiable feared object  Often accompanied by agoraphobia (P afraid to leave safe home base and have attack) 2


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