Anxiety Disorders III February 17, 2010 PSYC 2340: Abnormal Psychology Brett Deacon, Ph.D. From Last Class. DSM-IV anxiety disorders Causes of anxiety disorders Common psychological processes in anxiety disorders Maladaptive beliefs Selective attention Safety behaviors. In the News.
Jenny has had mild asthma since early childhood. As an 8th grader she watched her best friend die of a severe asthma attack. Since that time she has worried that difficulty breathing will lead to a fatal asthma attack. She experiences frequent, severe panic attacks during which she fears suffocation and death. To prevent this she relies on a repertoire of coping strategies including taking Klonopin, drinking water, practicing relaxation techniques, seeking reassurance from family members, and visiting the emergency room. She also avoids exercise, spicy foods, sex, and anything else that might trigger a panic attack. She was referred to our anxiety disorders clinic after unsuccessful trials of medication and relaxation training.
Palpitations Heart attack
Observable symptoms Humiliation
Feared OutcomeSafety Behavior
Pass out Breathe deeply, relax
Won’t be able to focus/perform Give up, go home
Other will notice symptoms Escape, try to hide
Will get sick/vomit Relax, play music, breathe
Lose control, harm self or others Be around trusted others
Die Be around trusted others, go to hospital