Understanding Psychology

Chapter 16: Psychological Disorders

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"Anxiety Disorders"

Charles Darwin was an outgoing college student who loved sports and the outdoors. By his late twenties though, he developed heart palpitations, sweating, and trembling accompanied by a nagging sensation of fear. His adult life was spent removed from other people, intensely devoted to his work—developing the theory of evolution. Looking at his journals and habits, some doctors have speculated that Darwin suffered from a panic disorder aggravated by agoraphobia—an anxiety disorder in which people fear being in public areas from where they believe escape would be difficult. We will never know if Darwin truly suffered from a panic disorder and agoraphobia, but you can read about those and other anxiety disorders at these Web sites.

Web sites
Anxiety Disorder Association of America
Get an overview of the types of anxiety disorders everyday people suffer from at this ADAA Web site.

Teens Health
Grasp an understanding of what anxiety disorders are and how they are diagnosed and treated.

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Because anxiety disorders are the most common form of psychological problems, it is possible that you may one day know someone with an anxiety disorder. On a separate sheet of paper, write a paragraph describing how you could use what you have learned to help someone with an anxiety disorder.

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