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Psychopathology – Anxiety

5. Stress-Related Disorders

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In this module, we think about stress-related disorders. We begin by defining the term ‘stress’, with reference to Selye’s General Adaption Syndrome (1946), as an external factor in relation to which human beings show specific psychological and physiological responses (e.g. the fight or flight response). We then consider three stress-related disorders which constitute an abnormal reaction to stress: (i) acute stress disorder (ASD), in which the stress reaction occurs immediately after an extremely traumatic event (e.g. after experiencing a tsunami), (ii) adjustment disorder, which describes an individual’s inability to adjust to a stressful life event (e.g. inability to come to terms with a diagnosis of terminal illness) and (iii) post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), which typically occurs in response to the experience of life-threatening circumstances and in which the individual may experience flashbacks long after the traumatic event itself.


In this course, Prof. Femi Oyebode (University of Birmingham) discusses anxiety and anxiety-related disorders. In module one, we explore the general nature of emotions and how we experience them, before moving on to think about anxiety and anxiety disorders more specifically in module two. The remaining modules are dedicated to different types of anxiety-related disorders and stress-related conditions. We discuss phobias, including specific phobia, social phobia and agoraphobia, in module three. Module four looks at obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) and its relation to anxiety, while module five focusses on stress-related conditions such as acute stress disorder (ASD), adjustment disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).


Professor Oyebode is an expert in descriptive and clinical psychopathology. He is an authority on the cognitive neuropsychiatry of delusional misidentification syndromes and on other rare and unusual psychiatric syndromes. He is the author of Sims’ Symptoms in the Mind: textbook of descriptive psychopathology. This is the leading English language text on psychopathology and has been translated into Estonian, Italian, Korean and Portuguese He is also a recognised expert in medical humanities writing about the value of literature to medicine.

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