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Review and Reflection on an Anxiety Sufferer case

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Joan is a 32 year old Japanese female who enters treatment for what she calls "anxiety attacks". She tells you that, "What if I have one of those awful attacks when I am at the store. What if it happens at a restaurant? Oh my gosh, what if I faint at my daughter's school. I know I will just die of embarrassment". She describes a recent incident in the grocery store where she was standing in line and became sweaty, nervous, and dizzy. She just knew that "everyone was staring at me and I had to drop my groceries and run before they locked me up". She tells you that "no one seems to understand how I feel. Not even my medical doctor believes me when I complain about how awful it is". Joan wants to know if you can cure her forever.

1. Using the information in the texts on cognitive behavioral therapy and generalized anxiety and panic disorder, what are some of your thoughts about Joan?

2. Devise a behavioral experiment for Joan.

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The solution provides information, assistance and advise in tackling the task of reviewing the case of Joan (see above), a sufferer of anxiety attacks; help is provided in putting together a review/reflection on her case as well as in devising a behavioral experiment for the subject. Resources are listed; a word-version is also attached.

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Dear Student,
Hi and thank you for using Brainmass. I suggest the following:

1. The case summary - about 150 words.
2. Discussing CBT - just like before, we need to explain it a little bit. We will have the same information on the OCD case because it all applies. 250 words.
3. On Generalized Anxiety & Panic Disorder - discuss what this is, around 250 words.
4. Behavioural experiment - a small behavioural experiment program - around 300 words.

Based on the plan above, we should have around 950 words that should cover the problem you are asked to present. You can also use the listed resources for further exploration of the topic.

OTA 105878/Xenia Jones

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Joan is a 32-year old Japanese mom who is suffering from anxiety. She stresses over things and possibilities that have not yet happened. She relates one occasion in a grocery store where she felt faint and dizzy and how everyone was staring at her. She relates that she will be unable to bear the embarrassment of fainting in such public place - the possible event that gives her great anxiety. The things are, it is the possibility of event that creates the stress and she knows that she is behaving rather irrationally. She understands that she did not behave as such before but now, for reasons beyond her grasp, she has panic attacks. She wants to get rid of her condition as she knows that it is wrecking havoc on herself, on her emotions and her ability to function as effectively as possible, as if she has no control of herself, or worse, as if she is losing grip. She is seeking help and treatment.


Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) is a theoretical perspective applied by clinicians to treat anxiety disorders and panic attacks. It combines behavioural and cognitive research which research shows (OCD UK, ...

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