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Teenagers and Anxiety

Teenagers and Anxiety

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This is a copyright lesson for FYI Online Learning (fyionlinelearning.com). It was one lesson that was part of a much larger program on a wide range of issues related to basic psychology.

This is a lesson on Understanding Anxiety Disorders. It is meant as a gentle introduction to information on anxiety, panic attacks and other stress-related disorders. Many teens cope with these but do not necessarily understand them, or know where to go for support.
This is a copyright lesson for FYI Online Learning (fyionlinelearning.com). It was one lesson that was part of a much larger program on a wide range of issues related to basic psychology.

This is a lesson on Understanding Anxiety Disorders. It is meant as a gentle introduction to information on anxiety, panic attacks and other stress-related disorders. Many teens cope with these but do not necessarily understand them, or know where to go for support.

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CourseLessonNumberLesson TitleAuthor
DevelopmentState
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Psychology53AnxietyDisordersIlanna S.MandelOctober 19,2008
IIC-2.3 Describe thesituational cues and individualcharacteristics giving rise tocuriosity and anxiety.VA-1.1 Distinguish thecommon characteristics of abnormal behavior.
a. Explaining why one person would be curious and another anxious in the same situation b. Discussing why one person responds to stereotyping withoutanxiety and another person responds with anxietya. Listing criteria that distinguish normal from disordered behavior 
VA-1.2 Cite examples of abnormal behavior.VA-1.3 Relate judgments of abnormality to contexts inwhich those judgments occur.
a. Describing observable symptoms of abnormal behavior c. Describing some abnormal behaviors specific to particular contexts or circumstances
1.Prepare Phase
OPENING REMARKS:
Do you know anyone who is constantly plagued by worries and even suffers from panicattacks? Or, have you known someone who obsessively does things like washing their hands twenty or thirty times a day? Have you ever met someone who has to stop whatthey’re doing because they think they’re having a heart attack but it’s really a panicattack? These are all forms of 
anxiety disorders.
While anxiety is a common fact of every day life for millions of people for logical reasons such as financial problems, animpending divorce, an upcoming final exam or other practical problems, some peoplelive in a constant state of anxiety and can’t seem to get out of it. Today we’re going toexplore anxiety disorders and learn why some people fall into panic or anxiety whileothers stay calm and patient. In the meantime: do you know anyone who suffers regularlyfrom any of these symptoms?
 
Feelings of panic, fear and uneasiness
Uncontrollable, obsessive thoughts
Repeated thoughts or flashbacks of traumatic experiences
 Nightmares
Ritualistic behaviors, such as repeated hand washing
Problems sleeping
Cold or sweaty hands and/or feet
Shortness of breath
Palpitations
An inability to be still and calm
Dry mouth
 Numbness or tingling in the hands or feet
 Nausea
Muscle tension
Dizziness
Do any of the reactions in the photograph below resonate with you?
 
Do you ever feel like pushing this button?Do you sometimes walk around feeling like this?Anxiety disorders affect millions of people and these disorders can make life extremelyunpleasant and even cause people to fall into depression.
Lesson Expectations
Explain why one person would be curious and another anxious in the same situation

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