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What is Generalized Anxiety Disorder?

A brief introduction to Generalized Anxiety Disorder, or GAD. Video by Topic Simple (http://www.topicsimple.com)
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Guido's comment, December 7, 2014 7:03 PM
This short movie about Generalized Anxiety Disorder mentions that people with this disorder worry all the time and it controls their life. It mentions that those people suffer from Fatigue, muscle tension, insomnia, concentration loss, nervousness and stress. In fact it is not only that. They give a couple of the following symptoms: (Grohol, 2013): Muscle tension, Physical weakness, Poor memory, Sweaty hands, Fear or confusion, Inability to relax, Constant worry, Shortness of breath, Palpitations, Upset stomach, Poor concentration, and increased heart rate. People who experience an Anxiety Attack experience such an amount of Anxiety that they are in great fear of passing out or dying. This makes it a bigger problem than it is addressed in the movie. People with this disorder might develop a fear for the anxiety attack itself and therefore to scared to leave their house (National Institute of Mental Health, 2014). They can become isolated and very depressed because of this and eventually a threat to their own life’s (Myers, 2014).

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Grohol, J. M. (2013, October 9). An Introduction to Anxiety Disorders. Opgeroepen op November 30, 2014, van www.psychcentral.com: http://psychcentral.com/disorders/anxiety/
Janov, A. (2013). The orgigins of Anxiety, Panic and Rage Attacks. Activitas Nervosa Superior , 55-71.
Myers, D. G. (2014). Exploring Psychology in Modules. Worth Publishers.
National Institute of Mental Health. (2014). Anxiety Disorders. Opgeroepen op November 30, 2014, van www.nimh.nih.gov: http://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/anxiety-disorders/index.shtml

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What is Generalized Anxiety Disorder?

A brief introduction to Generalized Anxiety Disorder, or GAD. Video by Topic Simple (http://www.topicsimple.com)
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Guido's comment, December 7, 2014 7:03 PM
This short movie about Generalized Anxiety Disorder mentions that people with this disorder worry all the time and it controls their life. It mentions that those people suffer from Fatigue, muscle tension, insomnia, concentration loss, nervousness and stress. In fact it is not only that. They give a couple of the following symptoms: (Grohol, 2013): Muscle tension, Physical weakness, Poor memory, Sweaty hands, Fear or confusion, Inability to relax, Constant worry, Shortness of breath, Palpitations, Upset stomach, Poor concentration, and increased heart rate. People who experience an Anxiety Attack experience such an amount of Anxiety that they are in great fear of passing out or dying. This makes it a bigger problem than it is addressed in the movie. People with this disorder might develop a fear for the anxiety attack itself and therefore to scared to leave their house (National Institute of Mental Health, 2014). They can become isolated and very depressed because of this and eventually a threat to their own life’s (Myers, 2014).

Reference List
Grohol, J. M. (2013, October 9). An Introduction to Anxiety Disorders. Opgeroepen op November 30, 2014, van www.psychcentral.com: http://psychcentral.com/disorders/anxiety/
Janov, A. (2013). The orgigins of Anxiety, Panic and Rage Attacks. Activitas Nervosa Superior , 55-71.
Myers, D. G. (2014). Exploring Psychology in Modules. Worth Publishers.
National Institute of Mental Health. (2014). Anxiety Disorders. Opgeroepen op November 30, 2014, van www.nimh.nih.gov: http://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/anxiety-disorders/index.shtml

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Sandy Hook School Shooter Was Not Given Help For His Mental Problems: Report

Sandy Hook School Shooter Was Not Given Help For His Mental Problems: Report | Anxiety attacks | Scoop.it
A report has revealed that Adam Lanza who shot and killed 26 people at a Connecticut school in 2012 had history of autism, anxiety and obsessive-compulsive disorder, but for years it was not treated.

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Guido's comment, December 7, 2014 6:18 PM
This news article claims several facts which highlight the importance of treatment for people with Anxiety Attacks. The person who made himself shoot 26 people in the Sandy Hook Elementary School was diagnosed with Anxiety and some other mental disorders. He never received treatment for his Anxiety which brought him into isolation. This is because people with Anxiety Attacks, which are not treated, are at risk to develop a disorder which isolates them (Myers, 2014). They are so scared for an Anxiety Attack that they will try and avoid it at all cost by hiding (Myers, 2014). Besides this, untreated Anxiety may cause a premature death and will damage the cognitive brain and diminish its thinking/reflective capacity when the person becomes older (Janov, 2013). This therefore explains the fact that the shooter was more isolated and probably had a diminished thinking and reflective capacity which let him to make bad decision (Janov, 2013). The article also claims that the shooter did not took the proper prescribed medication. Anxiety causes an off balance of the chemicals Serotonin and Glutamate which causes a depression. By taking his medication, his brain would have restored these chemicals and he would be less depressed which possibly also could have prevented him from making bad decision (Janov, 2013). This article highlights the importance of treatment for people with Anxiety and other mental disorders because research about the effectiveness of therapy shows us that those who undergo therapy are more likely to improve with a lower risk of relapse (Myers, 2014).
Reference List
Janov, A. (2013). The orgigins of Anxiety, Panic and Rage Attacks. Activitas Nervosa Superior , 55-71.
Myers, D. G. (2014). Exploring Psychology in Modules. Worth Publishers.

Ryzen Benson's curator insight, December 8, 2014 10:55 AM

This here is a prime example of the importance of family member's involvement with those affected by a psychological disorder. When disorders go untreated, they bear potentially harmful outcomes.

 

1. Obsessive Compulsive Disorder is a disorder in which an individual feels repetitive and unnatural urges in everyday life. When receiving these urges, it causes the individual to feel the need to perform an action to accommodate for the urges (Meyers, 2014)

 

2. Adam Lanza suffered from many psychological disorders including OCD. However he lacked sufficient treatment, stated by the scoop. Today’s most effective methods in treatment of OCD are prescribed medication (Hollands, Edson, Tompson & Comer, 2014). The State of Connecticut Report strongly advised Lanza's mother to take action towards Lanza's lack of social incorporation. Psychological treatments for obsessive–compulsive disorder (OCD) are increasingly aimed at improving outcomes by directly incorporating family members to address family disruption, dysfunction, or symptom accommodation (Hollands, Edson, Tompson & Comer, 2014).

The scoop stated that she failed to give Lanza his essential medication which only caused further problems. Lanza's health issues, lack of treatment, and infatuation for shooting, deaths, and deadly weapons were only a catastrophe waiting to happen.

 

3. Gender is an interesting thought in the topic of mass shootings. Seldom or never, do you hear of female mass shootings. It would be interesting to analyze the prevalence of female mass-shooters.

 

 

References:

Myers, D. (2014). Modules 18 &19. In Psychology in modules, ninth edition. New York: Worth Publishers.

 

Thompson, J., Edson, A., Tompson, M., & Comer, J. (2014). Family involvement in the psychological treatment of obsessive–compulsive disorder: A meta-analysis. <i>Journal of Family Psychology</i>. Retrieved December 1, 2014, from http://web.b.ebscohost.com/ehost/detail/detail?vid=6&sid=e467dcc9-3077-4035-9a4c-fb09b59645f2@sessionmgr115&hid=107&bdata=JnNpdGU9ZWhvc3QtbGl2ZQ==#db=psyh&AN=2014-15706-001

 

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Replenishing the supply of a molecule that normally activates cannabinoid receptors in the brain could relieve mood and anxiety disorders and enable some people to quit using marijuana, a Vanderbilt University study suggests.

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Guido's comment, December 7, 2014 4:58 PM
This article claims that a low level of the chemical molecule named 2-AG causes anxiety and depression. Reputable sources claim however that it is the chemical Serotonin that influences sleep and mood, and Glutamate which influences the brains activity of alarm centers that are causes for Anxiety (Myers, 2014). When someone has an unpleasant memory in their brain which gives them anxiety attacks, the brain uses up major supplies of these Serotonin and Glutamate chemicals (Janov, 2013). This also causes damages to parts of the brain that produce this chemical as well as the production of Dopamine and Epinephrine (Janov, 2013). With the use of medication these chemical levels can be restored (Janov, 2013).
This contradicts the article saying that it is low levels of 2-AG which gives us Anxiety Attacks.
Reference List
Janov, A. (2013). The orgigins of Anxiety, Panic and Rage Attacks. Activitas Nervosa Superior , 55-71.
Myers, D. G. (2014). Exploring Psychology in Modules. Worth Publishers.

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Practice Mindfulness To Curb Anxiety And Depression

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A new study has found that group mindfulness therapy can be just as effective in treating depression and anxiety as the more common cognitive behavioral therapy.

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The Apothecary Spa's curator insight, December 5, 2014 4:18 PM

a little meditation goes a long way

Guido's comment, December 7, 2014 6:31 PM
This technique talks about a type of mindfulness which helps people to suppress their Anxiety Attacks. This technique focuses on the present and not on the past. Anxiety is something rooted in the brain which is caused by a fear full event in the past (Myers, 2014). This unpleasant memory is something we can either remember or we cannot. In that case it is stored in the brain without us knowing about it and be the cause for the Anxiety Attacks (Janov, 2013). With this therapy, people will never deal with their unpleasant memories or find the root causes for their Anxiety Attacks. It therefore only may help at the moment to suppress an Anxiety Attack but it will never prevent/cure it for coming back in the future.
Reference List
Janov, A. (2013). The orgigins of Anxiety, Panic and Rage Attacks. Activitas Nervosa Superior , 55-71.
Myers, D. G. (2014). Exploring Psychology in Modules. Worth Publishers.

Morgan Dix's curator insight, December 10, 2014 3:27 PM

More and more of this research is emerging...

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Guido's comment, December 7, 2014 4:28 PM
Although this advertisement claims that 90% therapy sessions are a waste of money and probably a scam, I think that this article is a scam and total waste of money. It mentions that it will release you from your Anxiety attacks within 10 minutes. When looked at reputable sources like Psychology textbooks and Psychology research articles, I can say that Anxiety is something rooted in the brain which is caused by a fear full event in the past (Myers, 2014). This unpleasant memory is something we can either remember or we cannot. In that case it is stored in the brain without us knowing about it and can be the cause for the Anxiety Attacks (Janov, 2013). Most Anxiety Attacks will stop after 6 months but there is a possibility it will not (Myers, 2014). For those people it is important to get treatment because the Anxiety Attacks can become worse and effect their lives that they are to scared for an Anxiety Attack that they will not leave their houses anymore (Myers, 2014).
It is important that a patient will use therapy for the Anxiety Attacks because it may cause a premature death and will damage the cognitive brain and diminish its thinking/reflective capacity when the person becomes older (Janov, 2013). Although the advertisement claims that 90% of the therapy is not effective, research about the effectiveness of therapy shows us that those who do not undergo therapy often improve, but those who do undergo therapy are more likely to improve with a lower risk of relapse (Myers, 2014).
This comment is based on information from reputable sources as you can see in my citations. The information in the advertisement has no cited source and therefore not verifiable and reliable.
Reference List
Janov, A. (2013). The orgigins of Anxiety, Panic and Rage Attacks. Activitas Nervosa Superior , 55-71.
Myers, D. G. (2014). Exploring Psychology in Modules. Worth Publishers.

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How To Beat A Panic Attack and Anxiety - Doctor Tipster

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Understanding why and how panic attack occurs can help you overcome the distressing symptoms caused by the condition.
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Guido's comment, December 7, 2014 5:47 PM
The article claims that there are Herbal remedies for effective management of mild panic attacks such as Chamomile tea or some types of food that can trigger an Anxiety Attack. This information in the article is however not cited and therefore not possible to verify the reliability of this information.
Reputable sources claim that the chemical Serotonin, which influences sleep and mood, and the chemical Glutamate which influences the brains activity of alarm centres is one of the causes for Anxiety (Myers, 2014). When someone has an unpleasant memory in their brain which gives them anxiety attacks, the brain uses up major supplies of these Serotonin and Glutamate chemicals (Janov, 2013). Therefore I would say that it are the unpleasant fear full events someone has experienced which are causes that trigger an Anxiety Attack combined with the consequences of low levels of Serotonin and Glutamate. The only reason Herbal remedies or types of food can trigger of manage Anxiety Attacks is if the remedies and food would increase or decrease the chemical levels in our brain. Because the article did not cite that information, it is not possible for me to see the reliability of that information.
Reference List
Janov, A. (2013). The orgigins of Anxiety, Panic and Rage Attacks. Activitas Nervosa Superior , 55-71.
Myers, D. G. (2014). Exploring Psychology in Modules. Worth Publishers.