Anxiety Disorder And Anxiety Disorders Essay

1025 Words Jan 14th, 2016 5 Pages
Have you ever had a moment where you were nervous and anxious, and you said to yourself, “I think I have anxiety?” If so, a feeling of anxiety is normal every now and then, and everyone experiences it at some point in their life. However, an anxiety disorder “can cause such distress that it interferes with a person 's ability to lead a normal life” (Anxiety Disorders). While there are several types of anxiety disorders, the most common is Generalized Anxiety Disorder. The article goes on to say that this mental illness “involves excessive, unrealistic worry and tension, even if there is little or nothing to provoke the anxiety” (Anxiety Disorders). So where does anxiety disorder come from? In 1866, a frenchman named Bénédict-Augustin Morel suggested that “severe anxiety was due to a dysfunction in the autonomic nervous system” (In the Arcadian Woods). While he is considered to be the founder of anxiety disorder, many others such as Will Robinson and Sigmund Freud have also contributed their theories and ideas to the description of the disorder. For example, Freud was one of the first to believe that anxiety was “physiological” and he proved his theory of “‘signal anxiety’ in which small doses of anticipatory discomfort generated a cascade of self-protective responses” (In the Arcadian Woods). While these discoveries and theories have been made and proved about anxiety, many more are continuing to be developed and are being contributed to the disorder. Generalized Anxiety…

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