anxiety disorders Essay

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Anxiety, Mood/Affective, Dissociative/Somatoform Paper Katheryn Benjamin University of Phoenix PSY/410 Mrs. Carol Kryder July 21, 2008 Anxiety, Mood/ Affective, Dissociative/Somatoform Paper The American writer/physician Oliver Wendell Holmes once said, “What lies before us and what lies beyond us is tiny compared to what lies within us” (Holmes, n.d, Para 8). The following paper will analyze the biological, emotional, cognitive, and behavioral components of anxiety, mood/affective and dissociative/somatoform disorders. The paper will begin by defining the major Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM IV-TR) categories of anxiety, mood affective and dissociative/somatoform disorders. Finally, the author will examine the various classifications for the disorders and list symptoms that are associated with the previously mentioned mental disorders. Anxiety, mood/affective and dissociative/somatoform disorders are the most common types of psychological disorders. There are a number of different psychological disorders that fall into these categories such as posttraumatic stress disorder, phobias, and depression. The symptoms which are demonstrated from a person suffering these disorders can include pain, weakness, fatigue, and certain medical symptoms (Mayou and Farmer, 2002). These disorders can range from a minor disturbance in a person’s life to a debilitating disorder which interferes with the person’s day to day activities. Anxiety disorder is defined as a disorder in which a person experiences an inappropriate and excessive arousal which is followed by the feeling of uncertainty, fear, and apprehension (Hansell and Damour, 2005). Some examples of anxiety disorders are posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), phobias,

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