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Anxiety Disorders Notes

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Anxiety Disorders
 Not triggered by specific stimulus
 'Free-floating'
 Life is a worry- past mistakes & future catastrophes
 Symptoms at any time; Severe panic attacks
 Diagnosis= symptoms for 6 months o Treatment
 Main feature is worry--> avoidance and reassurance seeking
 Test predictions of worry with behavioural experiments
 Look for errors in thinking o Differentials
 Hyperthyroidism
 Substance misuse (intoxication, withdrawal)
 Excess caffeine
 Depression
 Both are full blown= Diagnose them both
 Low-level depressive and anxiety symptoms equally (but neither justify diagnosis alone)= Mixed anxiety &
depressive disorder
 Anxious (avoidant) personality disorder
 Late adolescence onwards
 'An anxious person''
 No recent major increase in anxiety levels
 Dementia
 Schizophrenia
 Early
 Before hallucinations and delusions
 Delusional mood
 Intermittent anxiety in specific, quite ordinary circumstances
 Avoid feared situations
 Seriousness= resultant disability o AGORAPHOBIA
 General
 Fear of being unable to escape to a safe place
 Fear open spaces & confined situations difficult leave without notice
 Common problem situations o Travel; Queuing; Supermarkets; Crowds; Middle row cinema
 Onset= 20s/mid-30s
 Gradual or precipitated by sudden panic attacks
 Leaving home= anxiety. Severity increases with distance

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