Abnormal Psychology Test Review 8 Core Concepts 2nd Edition

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Nicole’s mother is terribly afraid of snakes. Although Nicole has never actually seen a snake, she has an intense fear of snakes and refuses to walk in the grass because of how much her mother has warned her about them.
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vicarious conditioning of a phobia
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Which of the following is one of benefits that those with GAD commonly believe they derive from worrying?
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if i worry about it now, i won’t be as upset when it happens
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neuroticism
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is a tendency to feel anxious
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Why do many people with panic disorder continue to believe they are having a heart attack despite the fact that they never have?
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they tend to engage in \”safety behaviors\” that they believe are the reason the catastrophe didn’t happen
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persistent and recurrent thoughts are
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obsessions
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Derek’s moods have always seemed to be unpredictable and irrational. Nancy has been diagnosed with GAD, and never knows when he is going to come home and yell at her and the kids. Family therapy has revealed moods are not irrational, but a reflection of sales at his work. Which of the following would reduce Nancy’s anxiety?
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Derek could call home each day and let Nancy know how the day went
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Kayla has just started college and wants to make friends. She refuses to go to large parties because she is afraid she will blush and sweat. She is fine talking to people in one-on-one settings.
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social phobia
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Which of the following have studies of control in humans and monkeys provided support for?
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Early experiences may serve as protective factors, decreasing likelihood of developing GAD
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Which of the following is necessary for a diagnosis of OCD?
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symptomatic behavior causes distress
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What disorder does GAD appear to be most related to
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major depression
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The fact that bright light may be an effective treatment for seasonal affective disorder suggests
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this form of depression is produced by a malfunctioning biological clock that needs resetting
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selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors
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may lead to sexual problems
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Drugs that alter availability of norepinephrine and serotonin are not clinically effective in the treatment of depression for several weeks. What does this suggest?
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Changes in neurotransmitter function, as opposed to neurotransmitter level, cause depression
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John’s erratic behavior finally ruined his marriage. What kind of life event would this be described as?
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dependent
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Mania and depression may reflect defensive strategies for coping with severe stress. This is a theory associated with
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psychodynamic approach
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When Jill experienced her first panic attack, she felt as if she were outside of herself…
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depersonalization
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Which of the following is associated with a unique physiological response pattern?
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blood-injection-injury phobia
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which of the following reactions to poor test performance suggests a cognitive diathesis for depression?
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I’ll never understand this
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When Kenneth was a young boy he went to a dentist who treated him uncaringly and inflicted a good deal of pain. Now, he is afraid of dentists and physicians. This is
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generalization of classical conditioning
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In order to meet criteria for a major depressive episode, a person must have
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significant distress or impairment
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Tara believes it is extremely important to be clean. She cleans her kitchen and bathroom daily, and the rest of the house at least once every few days. She says she wants people to be able to eat off her floors. She
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Has no disorder
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neurobiological factors involved in panic disorder and GAD provide evidence for the hypothesis that
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Both disorders are caused by an excess of the GABA neurotransmitter
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Anxiety disorders
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probably exists in all societies, but take different forms in different cultures
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Quentin is seeking medication to treat his panic disorder. Due to his history of substance abuse, his doctor hesitates. He will most likely write a prescription for
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SSRI
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Cognitive approaches to social phobia focus on
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challenging automatic thoughts
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Evolutionary preparedness explains
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Why some types of phobias are much more common than others
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Which of the following is necessary for a diagnosis of cyclothymia?
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Clinically significant distress or impairment
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Which of the following is supported by research on the role of genetic influences in unipolar disorders?
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The more severe the depressive disorder, the greater the genetic contribution
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Why is it not wise to treat an individual who has a bipolar disorder with an antidepressant?
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the drug may trigger rapid cycling
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A study of poor women in London found that ______ increased the likelihood of developing depression after experiencing sever stress
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Having more than three children still at home
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What is the most important characteristic used to distinguish dysthymia from major depression?
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Whether or not there are occasional brief periods of normal moods during the disorder
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Which of the following is most likely to attempt suicide?
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A 25 year old divorced woman
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Postpartum blues are
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common, usually brief, and not a disorder
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Stressful life events
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appear to increase the time to recovery from a manic episode
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Joanne tends to blow up at people and then feel guilty. She worries a lot. She complains that she just doesn’t really find anything exciting and life is boring.
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The evidence of neuroticism and low positive affectivity, and has a high risk of developing depression
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Childhood suicide
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is one of top 10 causes of death for children in United States
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Which of the following is NOT an existing piece of evidence that provides support for role of cognitions in panic?
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only individuals who tend to catastrophize develop panic disorder
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Which of the following explanations for Diana’s scissors phobia would Freud be most likely to offer?
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Diana’s mother is a seamstress and Diana unconsciously wants to kill her
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Which of the following is most characteristic of anxiety?
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Avoidant behavior
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The new DSM classification which omits the concept of neurosis is an improvement because
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Diagnostic criteria are now based on shared, observable symptoms and are more clearly defined
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What is meant by the phrase \”double depression\”?
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An individual with dysthymia later develops major depressive disorder as well
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Knowing what we know about neurotransmitter imbalances in bipolar disorder, a physician should give which advice?
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Don’t take drugs that increase dopamine levels because they can produce manic-like behavior
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Which of the following is true of OCD
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disorder tends to begin in adolescence or early adulthood, but is not uncommon in children
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depression during adolescence
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Can effect a person into young adulthood
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The fact that dirt and contamination were threats to our ancestors suggest
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that preparedness theory may help explain OCD
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Most people with OCD
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experience both obsessions and compulsions
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Panic disorder is best described as a _________ condition
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Chronic
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which of the following provides evidence against a role for inherited factors in development of phobias?
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Impact of nonshared environmental factors
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Which is not a common type of obsession seen in OCD?
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fear of discrimination
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If a pharmaceutical company were looking for a drug that would maximally treat GAD, they would want one that
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Increased GABA levels while regulating serotonin
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The effectiveness of Valium in treating GAD supports hypothesis that
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A GABA deficiency underlies GAD
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A relationship between depression and marital violence
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is well-established, as is the contributory role of depressive symptoms in both participants
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Which is true?
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Most first time episodes of depression are preceded by a very stressful life event but that is not as true for recurrent episodes
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Which would eliminate a potential diagnosis for cyclothymia?
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Carol was absolutely convinced her mother wanted to kill her, although there was no evidence for this
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Cross-cultural studies of mood disorders are made difficult due to
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differences in diagnostic practices
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_______ was once thought to be a fear of crowded places, but now is seen as a complication of having panic attacks in public
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agoraphobia
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According to the behavioral viewpoint, compulsions are repeated ecause
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they serve to reduce anxiety
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which is true about suicide
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about half of people who complete suicide do so during or in the recovery phase of a depressive episode
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Lauren is phobic of birds. Her therapist shows her how to approach birds in a cage. Then the bird is taken out, petted, and fed. Therapist then encourages Lauren to do the same. This is
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participant modeling
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The prognosis for bipolar disorder is
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guarded, most people continue to have some symptoms
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an individual with a high stress tolerance
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can function well in the face of a high level of stress
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The Life Event and Difficulty Schedule
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Includes cognitive factors in its examination of the impact of life events
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Which of the following is a characteristic of an adjustment disorder?
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symptoms may lessen when the individual has learned to cope
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choosing between two equally attractive alternatives is
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double approach
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which of the following is likely to maintain or strengthen fears over time
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overestimating the likelihood that the event will reoccur
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which are amongst most common obsessive thoughts in people with OCD?
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fear of contamination and fear of harming other
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which of the following would be expected during the first phase of personality decompensation
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Julia struggled to control her emotions
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PTSD
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May develop in the recovery stage of \”disaster syndrome\”
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Adjustment disorder
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occurs within 6 months of a stressor
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The fight or flight response
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involves activation of the sympathetic nervous system
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Which of the following would be an example of direct therapeutic exposure?
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Mandy visited the accident site
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In DSM-IV-TR, psychosocial stressors are
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specified on Axis IV
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Which is a criticism of the Social Readjustment Rating Scale
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It places too much emphasis on the role of cognitive factors
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Which of the following statements about Mineka, Cook, and colleagues’ animal studies is NOT true?
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Observationally conditioned fear response were acquired quickly, but did not last more than a day or two
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James began having panic attacks immediately after his mother died suddenly. Then, he began to fear going into public situations. Now he will not leave his apartment. What is unusual?
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it is unusual for a person with severe agoraphobia to be a man
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mower’s two-process theory of avoidance learning provides a theoretical rationale for an effective treatment for OCD. What is the treatment?
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exposure therapy with response prevention
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social phobics are likely to
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Attribute events in their lives to external factors
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Which of the following provides a unique challenge when trying to eliminate obsessions seen in OCD?
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attempting to not think about something may lead to thinking about it more
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neurotic behavior
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may involve exaggerated use of avoidance behaviors
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which of the following is NOT one of 5 primary compulsive acts seen in people with OCD?
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scanning
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panic disorders are often misdianosed because
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symptoms are so somatic they are treated by physicians for medical problems
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Which of the following would Freud most likely say about a man with OCD?
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He is fixated in the anal stage
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Studies of preparedness and social phobia
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Reveal that an explicit perception of threat is necessary to evoke a sympathetic response
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The pituitary gland
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releases hormones that regulate many bodily functions
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dissociative and somatoform disorders
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do not involve some obvious anxiety symptoms
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All of the following involve psychological disturbances that occur in response to an identifiable experience except
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depression
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prolonged stress leads to suppression of the immune system. What might explain evolution of such a seemingly flawed reaction?
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such immune suppression might prevent the development of autoimmune illness
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What has research on the preparedness theory of phobias found?
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Acquired fear responses can be elicited with subliminal exposure to fear-relevant stimuli
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Virtual reality environments
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allow exposure therapy to be conducted in a simulated setting
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Which of the following is necessary for a diagnosis of panic disorder?
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uncued panic attacks
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Holmes and Rahe
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developed an objective tool for measure stress
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Which of the following is an example of interoceptive avoidance?
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mark no longer views sexually explicit films
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What is the thought to explain the effectiveness of the SSRIs in treating panic disorder
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they decrease noradrenergic activity
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Fear or panic is a basic emotion that involves
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activation of the fight or flight response
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the individual with generalized social phobia
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exhibits a fear of most social situations
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Wendy went swimming in the ocean last week and became mildly fearful when she swallowed a lot of water. Yesterday someone told her a shark was seen in the water. Now she is petrified of going into the ocean. This illustrates
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the inflation effect
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Harold’s panic attacks have become so severe that he has finally sought treatment. He sees a psychiatrist who writer Harold a prescription that should offer him some immediate relief. The drug is
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benzodiozepines
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high levels of anxiety sensitivity
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are a diathesis for panic attacks
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which of the following are the antidepressants most widely prescribed today for the treatment of panic attacks?
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SSRI’s
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according to the fear of fear model of agoraphobia
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minimal signs of sympathetic arousal come to signal more intense levels of arousal such that slight changes in autonomic activity become triggers for panic attacks
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Which is false
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the response an individual may have to a stressor can be easily predicted
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agoraphobics are highly likely to have all of the following except
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neurotic personality disorder
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one way in which phobic individuals differ from nonphobics is that
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phobics have a tendency to be constantly on alert for phobic stimuli
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prepared fears are
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fears that are especially easily acquired and/or especially resistant to extinction
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it is easier to be afraid of pictures of snakes and crocodiles than mushrooms and flowers, which is evidence of
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preparedness theory
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fear of negative evaluation by others is a hallmark
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social phobia
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the most common specific social phobia is a fear of
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public speaking
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individuals exposed to the same types of traumatic social experiences differ as to whether they will develop a social phobia because
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preexisting differences in individuals’ temperament and experience
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Some things seem to be consistent across all the different forms that obsessive-compulsive disorder takes. These include:
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an overwhelming fear that something terrible will happen to the person or to others for which they are responsible
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Amber feels anxious almost all the time. She finds herself worrying that her husband will leave her (although he has never shown any indication that he would), that she chose the wrong job, that her children might not be safe at their school and that she might get sick and leave her family in financial ruin. She calls her husband almost everyday to find out when he will be home. She complains to her physician that she is always tired by cannot sleep or relax. Amber’s most likely diagnosis is
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generalized anxiety disorder
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Which of the following is true of obsessive-compulsive disorder?
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This disorder tends to begin in adolescence or early adulthood, but is not uncommon in children
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It is fairly easy to condition monkeys and humans to fear snakes but almost impossible to condition either to fear a flower. This supports the ____theory of phobias
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preparedness
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Which of the following provides a unique challenge when trying to eliminate the obsessions seen in OCD?
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attempting to not think about something may lead to thinking about it more
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fear or panic is a basic emotion that involves
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the activation of the \”fight or flight\” response
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Which of the following is most characteristic of anxiety
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avoidant behavior
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When Charissa was young child, she stepped on a bee and was stung. Since that time, she has been terrified of flying insects and runs away if she sees any. According to the classical conditioning model, the bee was
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a conditioned stimulus
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Martin is afraid to fly. He knows his boss wants him to take a trip for the business. Marin feels miserable, because he wants to keep his job but cannot even imagine getting on a plane. The most likely diagnosis for Martin is
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specific phobia, situation type
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neuroticism
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is a tendency to experience negative mood states
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the fact that bright light may be an effective treatment for seasonal affective disorder suggests that
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this form of depression is produced by a malfunctioning biological clock that needs resetting
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although bipolar I disorder is described as \”bipolar,\”
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a depressed episode is not necessary for a diagnosis
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a recurrent depressive episode
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is preceded by one or more previous episodes
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abramson revised the learned helplessness theory to suggest that
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hopelessness is needed in addition to helplessness in order to produce depression
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according to Hammen’s stress-generation model of depression,
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marital distress can lead to depression and depression can lead to marital distress
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the new DSM classification which omits the concept of neurosis is an improvement because
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diagnostic criteria are now based on shared, observable symptoms and are more clearly defined
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which of the following is one of the seven primary types of anxiety disorders recognized in the DSM-IV-TR?
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obsessive compulsive disorder
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which of the following is a true statement about rapid cycling?
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it is seen in 5-10 percent of those with bipolar disorder
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one of the main functions that worry seems to serve in generalized anxiety disorder is
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it keeps people from feeling the emotional and physiological consequences of anxiety
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transcranial magnetic stimulation
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is a noninvasive biological treatment for depression.
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All of the following are explanations for the increased prevalence of DID EXCEPT
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the increased incidence of sexual abuse
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somatization disorder
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involves multiple symptoms of at lease four different types
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all of the following are associated with DID except
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psychosis
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Dan’s various medical complaints and hospital stays finally led him to a psychiatrist. After a thorough medical and psychological evaluation, the twenty-eighty-year-old teacher and father of two was diagnosed with both depression and somatization disorder. What is atypical about this case summary?
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somatization disorder is seen much more commonly in women
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Ryan has diabetes but has no trouble functioning. One day, his wife informs him that she is leaving him. Ryan suddenly develops terrible pain in his back, to the point he is unable to get out of bed. His wife agrees to stay for \”a while\” to take care of him. Ryan probably has
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pain disorder associated with psychological factors
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Which of the following is the most commonly true of the host identity in DID?
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it is not the original identity
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the most common quality of parents’ interactions with their daughters who have eating disorders is
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control
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families of people with anorexia
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exhibit tendencies towards perfectionism
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which of the following characterizes most anorexia nervosa patients in Asia?
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dear of stomach bleeding
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after her dentist commented on the damage her practice of vomiting had caused to her teeth, Hilda realized that she had a problem. After seeing a psychiatrist, Hilda was diagnosed with anorexia, binge-eating/purging sub-type. Due to the severity of her condition, her doctor suggested that she be hospitalized. Hilda immediately entered an inpatient treatment program and embraced all aspects of the treatment regimen. What is unique about Hilda’s case?
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Hilda’s lack of ambivalence about treatment
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all of the following people have had one heart attack. Which of the following has the best chance of living longest?
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Reuben, who is unmarried and has lots of close friends
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T cells
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are a type of leukocyte
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no association has been found between nonfatal heart attacks and
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anxiety
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what would be most helpful to a person with pain disorder
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staying physically active despite the pain
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which of the following has been demonstrated about the effects of psychogenic amnesias on memory
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implicit memory is generally in tact
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family therapy for anorexia appears to be most effective when it is used to treat
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adolescents
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Chronic fatigue syndrome
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has an unknown cause, but may have something to do with the immune system
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The German man, in the study mentioned in the text, who had dissociative fugue denied that he could speak German. However, he learned German-English word pairs much faster that control words. This supports that
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mainly episodic memory is lost, implicit memory stays intact
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someone who binges and purges and is severely underweight is diagnosed as anorexic, not bulimic. This is because
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anorexia has a much higher rate than bulimia
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which of the following is true
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negative emotions make an individual susceptible to disease and positive emotions seem to produce a certain immunity.
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which is unique about OCD, as compared to other anxiety disorders
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the incidence is about equal for men and women
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which is a disadvantage of treating GAD with benzodiazepine?
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such drugs are frequently misused
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studies of preparedness and social phobia
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find that angry faces act as fear relevant stimuli
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most first panic attacks
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follow some distressing event
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social phobia
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involves a fear of one or more specific social situations
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Which is characteristic of the obsessions seen in OCD
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the individual with OCD knows that their obsessions are irrational
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agoraphobia is best described as a fear of
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experiencing a panic attack
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what brain structure is recognized as playing a central role in panic attacks
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amygdala
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recent research on relapse among bipolar patients suggest that
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personality styles interact with stress to increase the likelihood of relapse
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seasonal affective disorder is best described as a _______ depressive disorder
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recurrent
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margaret has been suffering with dysthymia for several years…
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double depression
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selective abstraction
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is a tendency to focus on one negative detail of a situation while ignoring other aspects
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which statement about gender difference in unipolar depression is true?
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as a biological basis for the gender differences has not been established, researchers have sought a psychosocial explanation
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independent life events are those that
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are out of the client’s control
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depression
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can occur even in infants and very young children
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Britany came to a therapist complaining that she just doesn’t enjoy life lately…
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major depressive disorder
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Mark feels the need to tap everything within his arms reach twice
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he has OCD
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why do people with phobias continue to avoid the thing they fear
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avoidance is reinforced by anxiety reduction
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what do all mood disorders have in common?
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they are characterized by emotional extremes
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Debbie receives her paper back from her instructor…
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selective abstraction
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which illusrates how cognitive variables may act to maintain acquired fears?
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ryan’s fear of heights caused him to always wonder just how high up he was in a building.
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\”Repeated stimulation of the limbic system by discharges from the locus coeruleus may lower the threshold for later experiences of anxiety\”
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panic disorders with agoraphobia
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An evolutionary psychologist might say, \”The unique physiological response in this disorder, involving fainting at the sight of the feared object, may have evolved because fainting might inhibit further attack from a predator.\” What disorder is being discussed?
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blood-injection-injury phobia
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the cognitive model does not account for
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nocturnal panic attacks
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Mrs. B tells her psychologist, \”I cannot leave a certain region around my home without having terrible fears. I am terribly worried when I am in a car or in a bus. I am afraid I will have another one of those terrifying experiences.\” What disorder does Mrs. B probably have and what experience is she talking about?
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the disorder is agoraphobia, the experience is a panic attack
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which of the following is a sociocultural explanation for the higher incidence of anxiety disorders in women?
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it is more acceptable for women to exhibit fear
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the main well to tell someone is having an uncued panic attack rather than is in a state of fear is
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if they have a subjective belief that something awful is about to happen
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which of the following is a true statement about the recurrence of a depressive symptom
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most individuals diagnosed with major depression will exhibit a recurrence
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efforts to find the gene or genes that underlie bipolar disorder suggest that
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multiple genes are involved
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one factor that is especially likely to produce depression relapse is
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behavior by a spouse that can be interpretted as criticism
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a diagnosis of bipolar I disorder is best described as a _____ depressive disorder
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recurrent
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according to Freud, depression
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is a consequence of loss
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which of the following is a hormonal abnormality associated with both bipolar disorder and unipolar depression
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increased cortisol levels
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george, a twenty-two-year-old mechanic, always seems to have a cloud over his head. For the past three years…
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major depressive disorder
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Nadia has been depressed for several months. She is considering cognitive therapy. What advice would you give her?
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\”many studies have shown the usefulness of cognitive therapy and it seems to prevent relapse.\”
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the majority of individuals who ATTEMPT suicide are _____ and the majority of those who COMPLETE suicide are ____.
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women and people between 18 and 24; men and people over the age of 65
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which of the following is true
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bipolar disorder is more strongly inherited that unipolar disorder
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which of the following is not a symptom of major depressive disorder
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bouts of anxiety
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compared to anxiety, panic is
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more intense
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as discussed in your text, much evidence now suggests a number of biological causal factors in obsessive-compulsive disorder including all of the following EXCEPT
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decreased activity in the orbital frontal cortex
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\”Fear of fear,\” fear of anger and depression, and fear of internal bodily sensations are all cognitive causal explanations for
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agoraphobia
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which of the following neurochemical profiles has been associated with manic episodes?
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low serotonin, high norepinephrine, high dopamine
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a review of several studies found that ________ increased the likelihood of developing a more severe depression.
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experiencing a stressful life event
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angela has had several periods of extremely \”up\” moods. They last for a couple of weeks and she has gotten into trouble several times. During those times she doesn’t sleep, spends way too much money, gets involved in bad business decisions, talks quickly and thinks even more quickly and believes she can do anything. The best diagnosis for Angela is
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bipolar I disorder
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gradual exposure to feared cues is
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common component of treatment for all anxiety disorders
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according to the psychoanalytic view, what makes generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) different from specific phobias?
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defense mechanisms are not functional in GAD
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jessica spends much of her day or saying certain words to herself. When she is not doing this, she is checking whether she left her doors unlocked. These symptoms illustrate
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compulsions
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which of the following is true of unipolar major depression
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it is the most prevalent mood disorder
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betty is hyper-aware of such bodily sensations as heart rate and respiration rate. When she perceives heart or breathing as getting faster she becomes afraid that she is having a heart attack. These thoughts make her symptoms worse and she has a panic attack. Betty’s pattern of thinking best illustrates
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cognitive theory of panic
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melissa is severly depressed and wants to commit suicide. If she is typical of most individuals who commit suicide
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she is ambivalent about committing suicide
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jacob and matt both flunk their math test. Jacob says to his friends that there is no point in his continuing in the course because the teacher just doesn’t like him. Matt says he is going to drop the course because he is just stupid in math. According to the reformulated learned helplessness theory,
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Matt is more likely to become depressed than Jacob
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fear is a basic emotion that involves
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the activation of the \”fight or flight\” response
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parental loss only results in a vulnerability to depression when
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poor parental care is a consequence of the loss
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what are the two key moods involved in mood disorders
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mania and depression
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individuals who do not show a decrease in cortisol levels in response to an injection of dexamethasone
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have an HPA axis that is not functioning normally
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which of the following is not a brain area that has been found to exhibit abnormalities in depressed patients?
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basal ganglia
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Diane’s treatment for depression included training in meditation techniques that helped her become aware of her unwanted negative thoughts and to accept them as just thoughts. She was undergoing
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mindfulness based cognitive therapy
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Over the past two years, Kelly has experienced depressive episodes three different times. Two of the three episodes occurred in the winter and the third occurred last spring. It is now winter and Kelly’s depressive symptoms once again are consistent with major depressive disorder. Which of the following diagnoses should she be given?
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recurrent major depressive disorder
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Reynaldo has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder. The most effective drug for him is
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lithium
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the average duration of an untreated episode of depression is
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6 to 9 months
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the main difference between a manic episode and a hypomanic episode is
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the amount of social and occupational impairment
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what is one of the major ways the anxiety disorders differ from each other
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whether there are more fear/panic symptoms or anxiety symptoms involved
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a rapid return of symptoms immediately after drug treatment is terminated is a common example of ________; a return to depressive symptoms after a period of spontaneous remission of symptoms is called a ________.
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relapse; recurrence
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childhood depression
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is more likely in children with a depressed parent
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a hypomanic episode is best described as a
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mild manic episode
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while in treatment for panic disorder, Leroy is asked to engage in behaviors that activate the sympathetic nervous system. In other words, Leroy is engaging in behaviors that produce the physical sensation of fear. What type of treatment does this appear to be?
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interoceptive exposure
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two months after her husband’s death, Connie was still not herself. She often forgot to feed the dog, was late for work on a regular basis, and had not yet thrown out his clothes. Which of the following diagnoses would apply to Connie?
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connie does not have a disorder
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which statement about the risk of statement is true?
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about hald of people who complete suicide do so during or in the recovery phase of a depressive episode
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research on the role of genetics in the development of OCD suggests that
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there may be \”neurotic\” personality factors that increase susceptibility to OCD
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which of the following might explain why rates of depression are low in China and Japan?
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symptoms of depression tend to be discussed as somatic
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which of the following is a research finding that is inconsistent with the monoamine hypothesis of depression?
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increases in noradrenergic activity have been seen in the brains of depressed patients
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individuals who suffer from phobias
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avoid the feared stimulus
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which of the following seems to be the best treatment for phobias
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exposure therapy

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