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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).

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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.

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A physiological and mental state of apprehension and fear of something unknown to the conscious.
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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
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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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Additionally, the Separation Anxiety Disorder Symptom Scale also performed rather poorly in the healthy Spanish adolescent group.
(2008) report the findings of some researches including that the relations between childhood separation anxiety disorder and later major depressive disorder.
School phobia is commonly a result of separation anxiety disorder. In such cases, the child fears attending school due to a reluctance to separate from the primary caregiver.
When asked what some of his worries were he stated: "They'll get into a car accident," "She'll (his mother) get killed," and "I might get lost or kidnapped." Based on the unstructured interview using the DSM-IV criteria, Colt met the diagnosis for separation anxiety disorder (309.21) and attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, predominantly inattentive type (314.00).
sertraline are used in a safe manner for anxiety disorders, such as obsessive compulsive disorders, separation anxiety disorders and generalized anxiety disorder in children and adolescents (61).
Finally, in a 12-week RCT of 74 patients age 7 to 17 with GAD, separation anxiety disorder, and/or social phobia, fluoxetine, 10 to 20 mg/d, was associated with improved scores on the Screen for Anxiety Related Emotional Disorders, PARS, CGI-I, CGI-S, and Children's Global Assessment Scale.
(10) Separation anxiety disorder (SAD), generalised anxiety disorder (GAD), social phobia (SP), specific phobia, and adjustment disorders with anxiety are the most frequent diagnoses associated with SR.
Her research has found that low birth weight is independently associated only with separation anxiety disorder at ages 2-5, and that there is no association between a stay in the neonatal ICU and any psychiatric disorder in early childhood.
The study involved 61 children, aged 7-11 years, all of whom had features of separation anxiety disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, and/or social phobia.
Bipolar disorder, oppositional-defiant disorder, conduct disorder, attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, specific phobia and separation anxiety disorder were not assessed in the SASH study.
Barbara said Robert's six-year-old son Liam suffers from separation anxiety disorder as a result of his father's tragic death.
For example, Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) and Panic Disorder have been reported as emerging in late adolescence, while Separation Anxiety Disorder (SAD), Simple Phobia, and Social Phobia are typically reported by mid-adolescence or earlier (Beidel, Turner, & Morris, 1999; Giaconia et al., 1994; Kessler et al., 2005b; Merikangas, 2005; Velting & Albano 2001).