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Week 5 Notes

by: Summer Stackhouse

Week 5 Notes PSY 3003

Summer Stackhouse
Arkansas Tech University
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Abnormal Psychology
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This 2 page Class Notes was uploaded by Summer Stackhouse on Saturday February 13, 2016. The Class Notes belongs to PSY 3003 at Arkansas Tech University taught by Willbanks in Fall 2016. Since its upload, it has received 22 views. For similar materials see Abnormal Psychology in Psychlogy at Arkansas Tech University.

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Date Created: 02/13/16
Abnormal Psychology Weekly Notes • General Anxiety Disorder (GAD) symptoms include excessive apprehension or worry • • the anxiety is uncontrollable • it lasts for 6 months or longer • GAD in Children • Their worry is usually academic, social, or over athletic performance. • They only require one extra characteristic of GAD to be diagnosed with the disorder. • They often don't know they have an anxiety disorder, they just have stomach aches or other bodily symptoms. • GAD in Elderly • They worry about failing health or the death of loved ones. • They are sometimes prescribed minor tranquilizers, but this can cause them to fall or become cognitively impaired. The most proven treatment is cognitive. • • Causes of GAD • inherited tendency to become anxious • neuroticism • frontal lobe activation • right vs left • less responsive to autonomic restrictors • Treatments of GAD • Benzodiazepines • risks vs benefits • can cause heavy relapse when taken off of the drugs. • Antidepressants Meditation • • Cognitive Behavioral Treatments • Panic Disorders • unexpected panic attacks • anxiety, worry, or fear of another attack • persist for 1 month or more • can’t pinpoint specific stimulus • often involves drug and alcohol abuse • Nocturnal Panic • this is when people are scared to go to sleep with the fear of losing control while they are not alert • Isolated Sleep Paralysis • This is when people get paralyzed when they are almost asleep or coming out of sleep. • These people often have hallucinations, and some believe they have been abducted by aliens. • Causes of Panic Disorder • are in tune to bodily systems • can have a false stimulus (ex. fresh cut grass) Agoraphobia • • The extreme fear of leaving your house or going out in public. • Specific Phobias • Extreme or irrational fear of a specific object or situation • adults recognize that this fear is unreasonable • Age of onset is usually 7-9 years old • Causes • inherited vulnerabilty • traumatic exposure • observational leaning • information transmission • Social Phobia • extreme irrational fear or shyness • avoidance or distressed endurance • Causes • inherited vulnerabilty traumatic exposure • observational learning • • informational transmission • family influence • Treatments • Psychological • exposure • rehearsal • role play • group settings • Medications • not highly effective because of the relapse rates


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