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Introduction to Anxiety Disorder

learn basic facts about Anxisty Disorder
Betty H.
Classroom teacher
Emory University
Atlanta, GA
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My Grades 10, 11, 12
My Subjects English Language Learning, Health & Wellness

demonstrating understand of anxiety disorders; learning the basic diagnostic criteria and apply them in self-diagnosing; analyzing typical anxiety disorder and giving diagnosis; generalizing the etiology and symptoms of anxiety disorders to other mental disorders.

Health & Wellness
Grades 12
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1 The definition of mental illness

let students send their definition to Poll Everywhere

A mental disorder, also called a mental illness or psychiatric disorder, is a mental or behavioral pattern or anomaly that causes either suffering or an impaired ability to function in ordinary life (disability), and which is not developmentally or socially normative.

Emphasize on the importance of daily life impairment

2 Diffrientiate anxiety and anxiety disorders

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We all  have experienced different levels of anxiety.

Let students send what their anxiety comes from to Poll everywhere.

Anxiety is a normal human emotion that everyone experiences at times. Many people feel anxious, or nervous, when faced with a problem at work, before taking a test, or making an important decision. Anxiety disorders, however, are different. They can cause such distress that it interferes with a person's ability to lead a normal life.

An anxiety disorder is a serious mental illness. For people with anxiety disorders, worry and fear are constant and overwhelming, and can be crippling.

3 Different types of anxiety disorder- anxiety disorders that have clear reason and those don't have

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Play a 1-2 minutes YouTube video introducing different types of anxiety disorder

Panic disorder and Generalized Anxiety Disorders are usually uncued. Patients usually don't know what they are anxious about, but they just how the symptoms of anxiousness.

 However Some anxiety disorder such as social phobia and specific phobia have clear anxiety source. E.g. I ma afraid of dogs.

4 Why do we care about anxiety disorders?

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Early adulthood is the peak of anxiety disorder onset.

Many people did not show any symptoms until their early adulthood.

Certain negative beliefs  and personalty one have are usually responsible for developing  developing AD.

Do a quick test on whether you are more likely to develop AD than other peers