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1 Abnormal Psychology PhotoStory

2 Anxiety Anx·i·e·ty (n.) 1. A state of uneasiness and apprehension 2. A state of intense apprehension, uncertainty, and fear 3. A condition of heightened and often disruptive tension

3 Anxiety Disorders Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) Social Phobia (or Social Anxiety Disorder) Specific Phobias Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

4 Generalized Anxiety Disorder Anxiety is an unsettling feeling of worry, being unsure, and fear When anxiety lasts for long periods of time, it is a disorder 18% of American adults have anxiety disorders

5 Symptoms of GAD Constant worrying about everyday things (lasting for 6 mos.) Cant control worries Know they worry more than they should Cant relax Cant concentrate Trouble sleeping or falling asleep Easily startled

6 Physiological Symptoms Fatigue Muscle aches Headaches Trembling Irritable Sweating Difficulty swallowing Feeling light- headed Out of breath Hot flashes

7 Treatment of Anxiety Medications Anti-anxiety medicine Antidepressants Beta-blockers Therapy Individual Group

8 Evolutionary Theory of Anxiety Anxieties are natural Help people be aware of potentially harmful situations Help prepare people for these situations When anxiety occurs without a stressor, and for long periods of time it harms instead of helps

9 Phobias Pho·bia (n.) 1. A persistent, irrational, intense fear of a specific object, activity, or situation

10 Types of Phobias Social Phobia Specific Phobia Agoraphobia

11 Social Phobia A strong fear or being judged and embarrassed Fear gets in the way of everyday life, school, and work Recognize fear is unreasonable Cant control fear

12 Common Symptoms Anxious about being with people Extremely self-conscious Afraid of being embarrassed Afraid of being judged Worry days or weeks before an event Stay away from social settings Difficulty making and keeping friends

13 Physiological Symptoms Blushing Heavy sweating Trembling Nausea Difficulty talking

14 Specific Phobias 11.5 million adults suffer from phobias 3 main types Situational flying, driving, tunnels, enclosed spaces, elevators Object Animal, natural environment, blood-injection-injury Animal – animals/insects Natural – storms, water, heights Blood, injury, and injection Other vomiting, choking, clowns, becoming ill, falling down

15 Common Specific Phobias Public speaking Mice Snakes and other reptiles Spiders and insects Heights Death Clinically, animal fears are found to be most common

16 Agoraphobia Fear of unfamiliar places Includes wide open spaces, crowds, traveling, and anywhere from which escape may be difficult Suffer from panic attacks when they feel they arent in control About 3.2 million Americans have agoraphobia

17 Treatment of Phobias Medications Anti-anxiety medicine Antidepressants Beta-blockers Therapy Individual Group Behavior Virtual

18 Evolutionary Theory of Phobias Fear alerts people to danger and prepares their bodies to handle the situation, hopefully keeping them safe Fear which occurs without a stimulus impedes life without being helpful Constant fear interrupts peoples normal lives

19 PTSD Posttraumatic Stress Disorder is an anxiety disorder that develops after exposure to a terrifying or traumatic event where severe physical harm was inflicted or threatened Traumatic events include: assault, rape, car accidents, child abuse, kidnapping, bombing, natural disasters, military combat, etc. One can suffer from PTSD after witnessing, being the victim, or being close to the victim

20 Symptoms of PTSD Startle easy Become emotionally numb, with family and friends Irritable Become aggressive or violent Have trouble being affectionate Avoid situations that may remind them of the traumatic incident Reliving the trauma in flashbacks, during the day or in nightmares

21 PTSD Onset of symptoms is usually within three months of the trauma, but it can be as late as a year after the trauma The symptoms must last at least a month to be diagnosed as PTSD Recovery can happen in six months with proper treatment but can last a lot longer, or even become chronic 7.7 million Americans suffer from PTSD PTSD can affect children and adults PTSD patients may also suffer from depression, substance abuse, or another anxiety disorder

22 Treatment of PTSD Medications Psychotherapy Exposure therapy – exposed to the trigger and desensitize the patient Virtual reality treatments – similar to the technology used with phobias

23 Evolutionary Theory of PTSD Flight is a common symptom in PTSD leaving a situation that is thought to be threatening this is an adaptation– predator avoidance is less dangerous than predator confrontation Vigilance is one of the symptoms of PTSD this is just being wary and watchful of different situations and their potential threats Re-experiencing the memory is going to promote the flight reflex to avoid the previously traumatic experience Although memories may intensify over time, the phenomenon of re-experiencing events seems to fade once the avoidance/defense behavior is reinforced PTSD is based on fear, rather than emotion – thus motivates action

24 How can PTSD be adaptive A small dose of vigilance, avoidance, flight, etc. is always going to promote survival there are varying degrees of PTSD Maladaptations are always adaptations at some point for example aggression is favorable during wartime but not so much during peacetime PTSD and being overly cautious is favorable in times of high risk and danger In war-time or during a natural disaster your kin will be safer by keeping them more protected using avoidance, flight, etc.

25 Video Clip of PTSD Posttraumatic Stress Disorder – Clip 2 - 2:17 minutes PTSD

26 Video Clip of OCD OCD – As OCD As It Gets – 1:06 minutes OCD

27 Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder or OCD is an anxiety disorder characterized by frequent, unwanted thoughts, obsessions, and/or repeating specific behaviors, compulsions Repeated behaviors can include: hand washing, counting, checking, cleaning, etc. These behaviors are performed with the hope of relieving or alleviating the obsessive thoughts Not performing these rituals causes intense anxiety

28 Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder It affects approximately 2.2 million American adults Can and frequently is coupled with another mental disorder such as an eating disorder, another anxiety disorder, or depression Onset during adolescence or early adulthood The disease can come and go over time It can get better or worsen as a person gets older Severe OCD can keep people from functioning in their daily lives Research indicates that OCD runs in families

29 Symptoms of OCD Symptoms are Obsessions – frequent, unwelcome thoughts that will not go away Obsession: germs or dirt Obsession: security Compulsions – repetitive behavior that is thought to relieve the anxiety and/or obsessions Compulsion: excessive and repetitive hand washing Compulsion: checking many times to make sure the door is locked

30 Treatment of OCD Personal treatments People with OCD are likely to try to self- medicate with drugs or alcohol They will try to avoid situations that trigger their obsession or compulsions Clinical treatments Medication Exposure-based psychotherapy – desensitizing them to the anxiety-producing situation New treatments – deep brain stimulation

31 Evolutionary Theory of OCD Most symptoms of OCD revolve around safety, security, and/or preservation of self and/or others OCD as a symptom of a security motivational system – although security is not officially recognized as one of the five motivations it is an intrinsic need Security is a special motivation – motivation based on a biologically primitive need

32 Evolutionary Theory of OCD OCD sufferers are constantly assessing and processing potential danger – with a slight threat the defense system is activated and is slow to deactivate Favors action – being proactive to avoid the predator – predators rely on the element of surprise – so gathering information and being constantly alert diminishes or eliminates this element Prevention – being prepared and avoiding the threatening situations Most of the symptoms of OCD are security behaviors – like cleansing, checking, or hoarding Cleansing – teratogens, spice hypothesis, germs, etc. Checking – security, safety of kin Hoarding – in case of food shortage, famine, or natural disaster

33 Evolutionary Theory of OCD Overexposure and Protection Childhood – two extremes Highly protected during their childhood, seen the world from a distance, hold onto their parents, fear, a lot of restrictions Taught to fear the outside world and thus they do not feel like they are in a safe environment, OCD develops Very permissive experience – parents allowed them to do a lot of things very early in life, over stimulated, were not equipped to handle all their experiences Lack of a safe and secure environment – thus the obsessive and compulsive behavior creates a sense of security


35 What are Dissociative Disorders? Involuntary escape from reality Ranges from suppressing memories to complete alternate identities 7% of Americans experience a dissociative disorder in their lifetime

36 Four Types of Disorders Dissociative Amnesia Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID) Dissociative Fugue Depersonalization Disorder

37 Signs and Symptoms Memory loss (amnesia) of certain time periods, events and people Mental health problems, including depression and anxiety A sense of being detached from yourself (depersonalization) A perception of the people and things around you as distorted and unreal (derealization) A blurred sense of identity

38 Dissociative Amnesia Memory loss that's more extensive than normal forgetfulness and can't be explained by a physical or neurological condition. Sudden-onset amnesia following a traumatic event, such as a car accident, happens infrequently. More commonly, conscious recall of traumatic periods, events or people in your life especially from childhood is simply absent from your memory.

39 Dissociative Identity Disorder Formerly known as multiple personality disorder, is characterized by "switching" to alternate identities when you're under stress. You may feel the presence of one or more other people talking or living inside your head. Each of these identities may have their own name, personal history and characteristics, including marked differences in manner, voice, gender and even such physical qualities as the need for corrective eyewear.

40 Dissociative Identity Disorder Considerable variation in each alternate personality's familiarity with the others. People with DID typically also have dissociative amnesia. Edward Norton in Primal Fear Martin meets Roy (DID)

41 Dissociative Fugue People with this condition dissociate by putting real distance between themselves and their identity. For example, you may abruptly leave home or work and travel away, forgetting who you are and possibly adopting a new identity in a new location. Typically retain all their faculties and may be very capable of blending in wherever they end up.

42 Dissociative Fugue A fugue episode may last only a few hours or, rarely, as long as many months. Ends as abruptly as it begins. May feel intensely disoriented, depressed and angry, with no recollection of what happened

43 Depersonalization Disorder Characterized by a sudden sense of being outside yourself, observing your actions from a distance as though watching a movie. Distortion of the size and shape of your body or of other people and objects around you. Time may seem to slow down, and the world may seem unreal. Symptoms may last only a few moments or may last over many years.

44 Causes Develop as a mechanism for coping with trauma. Often form in children subjected to chronic physical, sexual or emotional abuse or a home environment that is otherwise frightening or highly unpredictable. A child is more able than is an adult to step outside herself or himself and observe trauma as though it's happening to a different person.

45 More Causes A child who learns to dissociate in order to endure an extended period of his or her youth may reflexively use this coping mechanism in response to stressful situations throughout life. Adults rarely develop dissociative disorders in response to severe trauma

46 Risks People who experience chronic physical, sexual or emotional abuse during childhood are at greatest risk of developing dissociative disorders. Children and adults who experience other traumatic events, including war, natural disasters, kidnapping, torture and invasive medical procedures also may develop these conditions.

47 Prevention If stress or other personal issues are affecting the way you treat your child, seek help. Talk to a trusted person such as a friend, your doctor or a leader in your faith community. Ask for help locating resources such as parenting support groups and family therapists. Parenting classes may help you learn a healthier parenting style. If your child has been abused or has experienced another traumatic event, see a doctor immediately. Your doctor can refer you to mental health professionals who can help your child recover and adopt healthy coping skills.

48 Diagnosis Doctors diagnose dissociative disorders based on a review of your symptoms and your personal history. Perform tests to rule out physical conditions that can cause symptoms such as memory loss and a sense of unreality. If your doctor rules out physical causes, he or she will likely refer you to a mental health professional for an in-depth interview. To help diagnose dissociative identity disorder, some doctors use medication or hypnosis. Helps identify alternate personalities or may help you describe repressed memories

49 Treatment Psychotherapy is the primary treatment for dissociative disorders. Involves talking about your disorder and related issues with a mental health professional. Your therapist will work to help you understand the cause of your condition and to form new ways of coping with stressful circumstances. Psychotherapy often involves techniques, such as hypnosis, that help you remember and work through the trauma The course of your psychotherapy may be long and painful, but this treatment approach often is very effective in treating dissociative disorders.

50 More Treatment Creative art therapy. Uses the creative process to help people who might have difficulty expressing their thoughts and feelings. Helps you increase self-awareness, cope with symptoms and traumatic experiences, and foster positive changes. Includes art, dance and movement, drama, music and poetry. Cognitive therapy. Helps you identify unhealthy, negative beliefs and behaviors and replace them with healthy, positive ones. It's based on the idea that your own thoughts not other people or situations determine how you behave. Even if an unwanted situation has not changed, you can change the way you think and behave in a positive way. Medication. Your doctor may prescribe antidepressants, anti-anxiety medications or tranquilizers to help control the mental health symptoms

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