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Chapter 5 Notes

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Chapter 5 Notes PSYC 315

Jordan Marshall
Christopher Newport University
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Notes from chapter 5 for General Anxiety Disorder
Abnormal Psychology
Dr. Lange
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Date Created: 09/27/16
Chapter 5: Anxiety Disorders (Generalized Anxiety Disorder) I) Diagnosis  Characterized by excessive anxiety and worry under most circumstances  Difficulty controlling worry which leads to significant impairment  Symptoms o Restlessness/feeling on edge o Fatigue o Difficulty concentrating  o Irritability o Muscle tension o Sleep problems  Symptoms must be prevalent at least 6 months II) Prevalence and Statistics  3% overall prevalence  Usually first appears in childhood/adolescence  Women are diagnosed twice as often as men  People of African American background are twice as likely than people of  other ethnic backgrounds III) The Sociocultural Perspective  GAD occurs when people are faced with threatening environments IV) The Psychodynamic Perspective   Freud believed there are 3 types of anxiety o Neurotic­occurs when someone is prevented from doing what they  want o Moral­occurs when someone is punished or has disappointed someone o Realistic­occurs when someone faces actual danger  GAD occurs when o Repeated experiences in any of the above areas o Defense mechanisms are too underdeveloped to cope with normal  levels of anxiety  Treatment o Researchers have found some support for the psychodynamic  perspective o Psychodynamic therapists use the same general techniques to treat all  psychological problems  Free association  Therapist interpretations of transference, resistance, and  dreams o Has only been moderately successful  Exception: ST psychodynamic therapy V) Cognitive Perspective  GAD occurs when o Unpredictable negative events occur  Generally fearful of the unknown  Hypervigilant to what could go wrong o Maladaptive assumptions arise o One can see positive values in worrying  Treatment o Rational­emotive therapy and cognitive therapy  Point out irrational assumptions  Suggest more appropriate thoughts  Assign related homework o Awareness of worrying  Psychoeducation  Teach how to self­monitor  Teach to identify triggers  Awareness of misguided strategies o Strongly supported by research and at least somewhat helpful in  reducing anxiety VI) Biological Perspective  GAD occurs when o Predisposed biological factors are in place  Supported by research: blood relatives more likely to have  GAD (15%) than general population (6%) o GABA deficiency in brain  Treatment o Drug therapy  Anti­depressants are more common and have less severe side­ effects  Benzodiazepines increase the ability of GABA in the brain   Anxiety often returns when meds are stopped  Dependence  Side effects   Mix badly with other drugs and substances  Overall provide modest effectiveness while taking o Biofeedback  Modest effectiveness o Relaxation training  Theory­physical relaxation will lead to psychological  relaxation  Somewhat effective alone best when used in combination with  cognitive therapy or biofeedback


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