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Binita Thapa General Psychology : PSY 101-05 T TH 12:00 - 01:30 PM Anxiety Disorders A continuous state of anxiety is a marked feeling of apprehension, dread or uneasiness. People who suffer from extreme anxiety are miserable most of the time and their behavior becomes distorted and self-defeating. They have pervasive feelings of stress, insecurity, inferiority, unhappiness and dissatisfaction with life. Though anxiety and fear are normal emotions, a problem exists when intense or persistent anxiety prevents people from doing what they want or need to do. When a person's anxieties are out of control he or she simply cannot stop worrying. ...read more.


During this attack victims experience intense symptoms such as a racing heart, chest pain, trembling and shaking or feelings of unreality or loosing control. Panic disorder with Agoraphobia: The characteristic of such a disorder is that people suffer from chronic anxiety and brief moments of sudden pain in addition they have this fear that a panic attack will occur in a public place or unfamiliar situation. Hence they find ways of avoiding places that frighten them such as crowds and related places, which makes them prisoners of home. 3. Agoraphobia: This problem occurs without panic. ...read more.


Acrophobia - fear of heights, claustrophobia - fear of closed spaces, Nyctophobia - fear of darkeness, Pyrophobia - fear of fire, to name a few. Phobic persons are so threatened that they will go to almost any length to avoid the feared object or situation. About 11% of adults suffer from phobic disorders during their lifetime. 5. Social phobia: People fear social situations in which they can be observed, evaluated, embarrassed or humiliated by others which leads them to avoid certain social situations such as eating, writing, using the rest room or speaking in public. About 13% of all adults are affected by social phobias at one time or the other. Reference : Essentials of Psychology: 9th edition Dennis Coon Psychological Disorders ...read more.

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