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Abnormal Psychology: Anxiety Disorders

Phobias, Panic, Generalized Anxiety, and Obsessive-Compulsive disorders are the common anxiety disorders. What do they have in common from a psychological perspective? In what ways are psychological treatments for these disorders similar.

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1. Phobias, Panic, Generalized Anxiety, and Obsessive-Compulsive disorders are the common anxiety disorders. What do they have in common from a psychological perspective? In what ways are psychological treatments for these disorders similar.

Anxiety Disorders affect about 40 million American adults age 18 years and older (about 18%) in a given year,1causing them to be filled with fearfulness and uncertainty. Unlike the relatively mild, brief anxiety caused by a stressful event (such as speaking in public or a first date), anxiety disorders last at least 6 months and can get worse if they are not treated. Anxiety disorders commonly occur along with other mental or physical illnesses, including alcohol or substance abuse, which may mask anxiety symptoms or make them worse. In some cases, these other illnesses need to be treated before a person will respond to treatment for the anxiety disorder. Effective therapies for anxiety disorders are available, and research is uncovering new treatments that can help most people with anxiety disorders lead productive, fulfilling lives. If you think you have an anxiety disorder, you should seek information and treatment right away. http://www.nimh.nih.gov/publicat/anxiety.cfm#anx1

b. What do they have in common from a psychological perspective?

Each anxiety disorder has different symptoms, but all the symptoms cluster around excessive, irrational fear and dread. ...

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This solution examines the common anxiety disorders: Phobias, Panic, Generalized Anxiety, and Obsessive-Compulsive disorders, and what they have in common from a psychological perspective. It also examines the ways psychological treatments for these disorders are also similar. Supplemented with an informative article on anxiety disorders. and treatment.

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