– stigma associated with the condition
– short-cut terms used (often incorrectly) by public

– 1 in 5 experience some form of anxiety

OCD: rituals you feel compelled to do to manage fear
GAD: worry all the time
Panic Disorder: affects 1 in 75

Fight/Flight response, persistent stress, genetic predisposition

Phobias: fear of specific situations/people accompanied with avoidance behaviour

Learning & Biology
– conditioning
– solidified by reinforcement (avoidance strengthens anxiety)
– observational learning (watching parents etc)
– 17 different genes found by researchers to have an influence
– impulse control/habit formation

Everything that is psychological is also biological


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