Essay on The Anxiety Disorder ( Gad )

1249 Words Nov 1st, 2016 5 Pages
An anxiety disorder is defined as a medical condition whereby persistent and excessive worry interferes with a person’s ability to undertake mundane tasks. Anxiety is the most common mental disorder, affecting 14% of Australians per annum. However, this represents all forms of anxiety, and each classification has different symptoms. One form of anxiety is known as Generalised anxiety disorder (GAD). GAD is recognized by the presentation of a variety of symptoms such as a racing heart, shortness of breath, shaking, sweating, chills, hot flashes, chest pain and nausea.

Any form of human behavior can be discussed at the four levels of explanation in psychology. These include the biological, personal, basic processes and socio cultural levels. The biological level can be used to explain a possible cause of GAD through looking at genetics. There is research to suggest that a person can simply be born with the right genes to enable them to undertake tasks with ease that would initiate anxiety in others. This can be explained by analyzing the brain chemistry. Brains contain cells called neurons which transmit important information. To communicate with each other, a signal must be transmitted between the gap separating each neuron and neurons use a chemical called neurotransmitters. One of the neurotransmitters that aids the brain in communicating feelings of happiness and joy is known as anandamide. The levels of this molecule are moderated by a type of fatty acid (fatty acid…

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