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anticipatory tension or vague dread persisting in the absence of a specific threat. In contrast to fear, which is a realistic reaction to actual danger, anxiety is generally related to an unconscious threat. Physiological symptoms of anxiety include increases in pulse rate and blood pressure, accelerated breathing rates, perspiration, muscular tension, dryness of the mouth, and diarrhea. Freud postulated that anxiety was a result of repressed, pent-up sexual energy, but later came to view it as a danger signal alerting the ego to excessive stimulation and causing repression. Anxiety disorders include observable, overt anxiety, as well as phobias and other conditions where a defense mechanismdefense mechanism,
in psychoanalysis, any of a variety of unconscious personality reactions which the ego uses to protect the conscious mind from threatening feelings and perceptions.
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 has been set up to disguise the anxiety from both the sufferer and the observer. In generalized anxiety, the individual experiences long-term anxiety with no explanation for its cause; such a condition may be called free-floating, since it is not linked to a specific stimulus. Panic disorder involves sudden anxiety attacks which are manifested in heart palpitations, shortness of breath, or fainting. The individual with a phobic disorder can identify the stimulus that causes anxiety: such stimuli as enclosed space, heights, and crowds become imbued with greatly exaggerated anxiety and are carefully avoided by the phobic individual. Obsessive-compulsive disorders (OCD) are characterized by obsessions (mental quandries) and compulsions (physical actions) that engage the individual excessively. Extreme anxiety may be experienced if the person does not carry out the compulsion or attempts to ignore the obsession. Post-traumatic stress disorderpost-traumatic stress disorder
(PTSD), mental disorder that follows an occurrence of extreme psychological stress, such as that encountered in war or resulting from violence, childhood abuse, sexual abuse, or serious accident.
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 occurs when an individual has recurrent dreams, flashbacks, or panic attacks after a particularly traumatic experience.


See D. F. Klein, Anxiety (1987); D. H. Barlow, Anxiety and Its Disorders (1988); S. J. Rachman, Fear and Courage (1990).

What does it mean when you dream about anxiety?

Worries, fears, and apprehension that may have been discounted or banished from one’s mind often find expression in dreams of anxiety.


A physiological and mental state of apprehension and fear of something unknown to the conscious.


Psychol a state of intense apprehension or worry often accompanied by physical symptoms such as shaking, intense feelings in the gut, etc., common in mental illness or after a very distressing experience


Experiencing much anxiety in your dream state may be related to your current difficulties and everyday life. Gaps may exist between the way things are and the way you would like them to be. Older interpretation books suggest that when you dream about anxiety, the contrary is true and that your worries will be lessened. However, always keep the compensatory nature of dreams in mind. If you are not feeling anxiety during the day, it could be that you are ignoring it and that it will appear in your dream. Therefore, look at the details of your dream and attempt to identify the anxiety-provoking situations in your daily life.
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Self-report measures included an assessment of individuals' attitudes to death and dying using the Death Anxiety Scale (Templer, 1970), and belief in what comes after death using the Belief in the Afterlife Scale (Osarchuk & Tatz, 1973).
Templer's Death Anxiety Scale (DAS): DAS was used in the majority of studies concerning death anxiety since the date it was published in 1970 (19).
Robbins, Lloyd, Carpenter, and Bender (1992) found high levels of both work-related anxiety and death anxiety among care assistants who provided EOL care to residents in extended care facilities.
Also there is statistically significant correlation between death anxiety and death depression [24].
The relationships of death anxiety and death depression to religion and civilian war related experiences in Iranians.
Although Freud understood death anxiety as merely a projection of more superficial instinctual conflicts, typically related to castration anxiety, some thinkers (such as Otto Rank, Ernest Becker, and Robert J.
There was negative relationship between death anxiety and perceived social support (r =-.
Numerous studies have reported a relationship between death anxiety and belief in afterlife (e.
Despite methodological variability and inconsistent findings, one stable conclusion reached by a variety of studies is that self-report of death anxiety appears positively related to self-report of mental health problems (Conte, Weiner, & Plutchik, 1982; White & Handal, 1990).
Bodner, Shrira, Bergman, Cohen-Fridel, and Grossman (2014) described death anxiety as an emotional state of terror that people possess as a response to the knowledge of their mortality.
Data was gathered using a questionnaire and Death Anxiety Scale was applied.