Fears, Phobias and Rituals : Panic, Anxiety, and Their Disorders: Panic, Anxiety, and Their Disorders (Google eBook)

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Oxford University Press, Apr 30, 1987 - Psychology - 704 pages
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This book draws on fields as diverse as biochemistry, physiology, pharmacology, psychology, psychiatry, and ethology, to form a fascinating synthesis of information on the nature of fear and of panic and anxiety disorders. Dr. Marks offers both a detailed discussion of the clinical aspects of fear-related syndromes and a broad exploration of the sources and mechanisms of fear and defensive behavior. Dealing first with normal fear, he establishes a firm, scientific basis for understanding it. He then presents a thorough analysis of the development, symptoms and treatment of fear-related syndromes. Phobic and obsessive-compulsive disorders are examined in detail. The book is illustrated with examples of fear and defensive behavior in other living organisms. By drawing provocative analogies between animal and human behavior, it sheds new light on the origins of fears, phobias, and obsessive-compulsive problems, as well as on their treatment by drugs and psychological means. Clinical psychologists, ethologists, and anyone interested in the mechanisms of behavior will be fascinated by this authoritative study. The text is intriguing and informative, and the bibliography of over 2,100 entries makes it an invaluable reference.
  

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Contents

Fear Defense and Evolution
3
FearEvoking Situations
25
The Four Strategies
53
Some Fear Adaptations
83
Development of Fear
109
Genetics of Fear
153
Physiology of Fear
177
Learning of Fear
228
Traumatic Phobias Illness Phobias and Childrens Phobias
401
ObsessiveCompulsive Disorder
423
TREATMENT
457
Clinical Issues
495
Physical Treatments of Phobic and ObsessiveCompulsive
524
Drugs in other phobias
541
Other physical treatments
555
Author Index
643

Classification
281
The Agoraphobic Syndrome Panic Disorder with Agoraphobia
323
Social and Specific Phobias
362

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Page 3 - Men, during numberless generations, have endeavored to escape from their enemies or danger by headlong flight, or by violently struggling with them; and such great exertions will have caused the heart to beat rapidly, the breathing to be hurried, the chest to heave, and the nostrils to be dilated. As these exertions have often been prolonged to the last extremity, the final result will have been utter prostration, pallor, perspiration, trembling of all the muscles, or their complete relaxation. And...
Page 3 - ... movements, to make them appear terrible to their enemies; and as the same involuntary and voluntary actions are performed by animals nearly related to man, we are led to believe that man has retained through inheritance a relic of them, now become useless.
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