hope you all read the homework reading discussing
anxiety. I think it was a challenging reading,
very heavy going. From that reading, I hope
that you understand that there are several
schools of thought regarding anxiety as
a mental disorder including the Freudian
theorists and the behaviorists.
I want to talk about anxiety and give you
some examples of anxious behavior. Rather
than think about Freud or behaviorists,
I want you to ask yourselves this question:
"Are these behaviors symptoms of a
mental disorder or are they simply reactions
to everyday living?" Let's look at
some specific examples.
first one is how you feel when you take
an exam. How do you feel on exam day? Do
you feel anxious, nervous? I see many of
you nodding your heads yes. Have any of
you ever been physically ill before taking
an exam? I see a few heads nodding. Do you
think your behavior should be considered
a mental disorder?
of course not. I take it from your reaction
that you think your emotions are normal.
Another good example is my wedding day.
I was so anxious… shaking, sick feeling
in my stomach. I almost called the whole
thing off. Now, if I listened to Freud or
other theorists who study anxiety I would
have my self believing that I have an anxiety
up if you think that my emotions were due
to a mental disorder? It seems that most
of you think that my emotions were the result
of a life event and not a mental disorder.
What I am saying here is that not every
situation in our lives - taking an exam,
getting married - that causes feelings of
anxiety does so because we have a mental
on the other hand, something in our lives
causes us to stop functioning, then we can
probably call it an anxiety disorder. An
example of an abnormal reaction might be
if we are scared of leaving our house and
refuse to go outside.
type of anxious behavior unequivocally interferes
with living. However, feeling nervous on
our wedding day, or when we write an exam,
probably does not mean that we have an anxiety