Day One: Questionnaire and Brainstorming Activity
Day Two: Anxiety Disorders Mini-Lecture
Anxiety is common. Chronic, high-level anxiety might indicate a disorder.
Different types of anxiety disorders- some characterized by intrusive thoughts
Generalized Anxiety Disorder
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
Neurotransmitters- people who do not produce enough GABA may experience more anxiety
Problems with the functioning of certain brain circuits that regulate fear and other emotions.
Severe or long-term stress can affect brain circuits- "Toxic Stress"
Strong, unrelieved activation of body's stress management system (from strong, prolonged. frequent abuse, neglect and or caregiver substance abuse and/or mental illness, and/or prolonged significant economic hardship) in children who lack adequate adult support.
Environmental factors- exposure to trauma may trigger an anxiety disorder
Prevalence: Most common mental illness, affecting 18% of the population
High co-morbidity with mood disorders
Diagnosis: Looking for severity of symptoms and duration of symptoms. Are symptoms affecting daily functioning?
Symptoms lasting 6 months or longer
Day 2 and 3
Crash Courses in Psychology (Anxiety and OCD)
Screeners and Checklists
Interactive "game": http://developingchild.harvard.edu/resilience-game/
Day 3 Introduce Project
Days 4 and 5 work on projects.
Create a powerpoint or prezi on your topic. You must include the following information in your presentation:
Facts, Statistics, Quotes