anxiety disorders

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anxiety disorders
2013-09-18 21:30:45
anxiety disorders

anxiety disorders
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  1. acute stress disorder
    "severe fear, helplessness, or horror that occurs within 1 month of exposure to extreme stress"
  2. agoraphobia
    "Fear of many situations, such as open spaces and the marketplace. An anxiety disorder characterized by fear of being in places or situations in which escape might be difficult or embarrassing or in which help may not be available should an anxiety attack occur. "
  3. antianxiety drugs
    "Drugs prescribed, usually on a short term basis, to reduce anxiety. Maybe called antiolytic"
  4. anxiety
    "A state of feeling apprehension, uneasiness, uncertainty, or dread; results from real or perceived threat whose actual source is unknown or unrecognized."
  5. defense mechanisms
    "unconscious Intrapsychic processes used to ward off anxiety by preventing conscious awareness of threatening feelings. Defense mechanisms can be used in a healthy or a not-so-healthy manner. Examples are repression, projection, sublimation, denial, and regression."
  6. fear
    A reaction to a specific danger
  7. generalized anxiety disorder (GAD)
    "The body's organized response to stress, as elucidated by Hans Selye. It progresses through 3 stages; (1) the stage of alarm. (2) the stage of resistance, & (3) the stage of exhaustion (not good)"
  8. mild anxiety
    occurs in the normal experience of everyday living
  9. Moderate anxiety
    "The second level on a four-tiered anxiety continuum, moderate anxiety results in selective inattention & some diminished thinking, although learning & problem solving can still occur. Symptoms include tension, pounding heart, increase pulse & respiration rate, perspiration, gastric discomfort, headache, urinary urgency, voice tremors, & shaking"
  10. panic
    "Sudden, overwhelming anxiety of such intensity that it produces disorganization of the personality, loss of rational thought, & inability to communicate, along with specific physiological changes"
  11. panic disorder (PD)
    An anxiety disorder in which panic attacks are the key feature
  12. posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
    "An anxiety disorder characterized by persistent re-experiencing of a highly traumatic event that involved actual or threatened death or serious injury to self or others, to which the individual responded with intense fear, helplessness, or horror"
  13. severe anxiety
    "person may focus on one particular detail or many scattered details & have difficulty noticing what is going on in the environment, even when it is pointed out to them. Learning & problem solving are NOT possible, the person may be dazed & confused. Symptoms; headache, nausea, dizziness, insomnia, trembling, pounding heart, hyperventilation, & feeling of pending doom"
  14. social phobia
    "a phobia of an interpersonal nature, such as fear of public speaking, fear of eating in front of others, or fear of writing or performing in public"
  15. specific phobias
    "fear & avoidance of a single object, situation, or activity; very common in the general population"