Chapter 6

Anxiety and Stress-Related Disorders

Set F

Psychological Debriefing (PTSD)

A structured way of trying to intervene immediately after trauma in order to try to prevent the development of PTSD.

Safety Behaviours

Activities deployed by sufferers of panic disorder as soon as they think they are having a panic attack, developed in the belief that this activity has saved them from a catastrophic outcome.

Relaxation Training (SP, GAD)

A method of dealing with the chronic stress experienced by psychopathology sufferers. A specific technique of progressive muscular relaxation is often used, and relaxation is found to be as effective as some forms of cognitive therapy.

Skin-Picking Disorder

Recurrent picking of the skin that results in skin lesions.

Social Phobia

A severe and persistent fear of social or performance situations.

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

A set of persistent anxiety-based symptoms that occur after experiencing or witnessing an extremely fear-evoking traumatic event.

Self-Focused Attention (SOC)

A theory of social phobia arguing that sufferers show a strong tendency to shift their attention inwards onto themselves and their own anxiety responses during social performance - especially when they fear they will be negatively evaluated.

Self Monitoring (GAD)

A form of clinical observation which involves asking clients to observe and record their own behaviour, to note when certain behaviours or thoughts occur, and in what contexts they occur.