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The Psychology of Stress: Three Scenarios
A discussion of three scenarios on stress and anxiety and the recommended treatment for each one.
# 152822 | 2,873 words | 4 sources | APA | 2013 | US
Published on Apr 30, 2013 in Psychology (Disorders) , Psychology (Therapies) , Psychology (Case Studies)

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The paper first addresses a scenario of an individual with anxiety disorder that is levying a debilitating impact on his prospects for career advancement. The paper calls for alternative progressive relaxation therapy to provide an immediate coping mechanism and therapeutic intervention at the cognitive level to help uncover the source of his disorder. Next, the paper looks at the scenario of an individual's fainting spells that come from a panic disorder, and suggests coping strategies such as Yoga and guided meditation. Finally, the paper reviews a scenario of an individual who is agoraphobic and psychosomatic and suffers from insomnia. The paper calls for hypnotic therapy including direct consultation and therapeutic engagement.

From the Paper:

"Stress and anxiety are frequently self-imposed, instigated by the internal insecurities and insufficient coping strategies of the individual subject. Both a natural apparatus of the human body and a potentially devastating health condition, the management of stress is seen as an important stepping stone to preventing certain physical health maladies. Even in recognizing the perils of unchecked or poorly integrated stress, the psychiatric community has still grappled with the appropriate ways to diagnose and treat the condition and its effects.
"This is because defining and categorizing stress can be a very elusive task. Stress as a psychological condition may be a chronic one that is consistently debilitating to the subject. But just as often, stress may be induced by factors that are situational and thus merely a matter of the subject's removing stressors or composing mechanisms to cope with said stressors. Such a discernment is to be made by a qualified therapist, who will have the background educationally and within the context of each individual case to determine whether a patient requires medication or simply circumstantial change in order to sustain stress in a functional manner. In some cases, therapy may involve a strategic addressing of certain physical characteristics that might help to intervene in the case of emotional or mental stress. Indeed, such strategies might be ideal for one in John's situation."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Chandler, D. (2005). Progressive Relaxation. Rutgers University Counseling and Psychological Services.
  • Davis, M., Eshelman Robbins, E., & McKay M. (2008). The relaxation & stress reduction workbook. (6th ed.). Oakland, CA New Harbinger Publications, Inc.
  • Lehrer, P., & Woolfolk, R. (Eds.) (2007). Principles and practice of stress managerment. (3rd ed.). New York Guilford Press .
  • Pawlow, L.A. & Jones, G.E. (2005). The Impact of Abbreviated Progressive Muscle Relaxation on Salivary Cortisol and Salivary Immunoglobulin A (sIgA). Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback, 30(4), 375-387.

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