Generalized Anxiety Disorder: Symptoms

Signature Assignment

My signature assignment is based around generalized anxiety disorder, more specifically, the symptoms of the disorder. I created a somewhat light-hearted animation about the symptoms of this disorder, but not to the point of disregarding or romanticizing it. Throughout the research on this topic, I not only learned more about the major symptoms of the disorder, but also learned about how intense these symptoms can get and how they can affect someone’s everyday life. I found myself interested in this topic because both my sister and I are diagnosed with the disorder, but in a much milder manor than some other’s experience. I made my project as an animation to demonstrate the disorder in a more physical and easy to understand way to people who may be diagnosed with the disorder or people who want to know more about it. I found that using the stylized character of a fox relatable to a broader audience of children and adults. I decided on using a fox for the animation because I felt that it relates more to a person than the other canonically “anxious” animals like rabbits or deer. Foxes are predators like humans, but also hyper-aware of their surroundings emulating some of the symptoms of generalized anxiety disorder. Overall, I wanted this animation to be short and informational, similar to a pamphlet you would get at a doctor’s office, but with more movement. I think that the animation came out well and expressed the symptoms of this disorder in an easy to digest format.

Annotated Bibliography:

300.0 General Comments Covering Anxiety States; Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD). Timely Data Resources, Inc., 2011, pp. 1–1, 300.0 General Comments Covering Anxiety States;

Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD).

Timely Data Resources Inc engages in primary market research for the healthcare industry and is a Epidemiology database running for over 20 years. This report provided several global statistics of different age ranges for people suffering from anxiety. It also provided graphs and charts displaying the statistics as well as a loose definition on generalized anxiety disorder.

Portman, Michael E. “Challenges in Assessment and Diagnosis of Generalized Anxiety Disorder.” Generalized Anxiety Disorder Across the Lifespan, vol. 41, no. 2, Feb. 2011, pp. 79–85., doi:10.1007/978-0-387-89243-6_2.

Taylor, C. Barr, and Bruce Alan. Arnow. The Nature and Treatment of Anxiety Disorders. Free Press, 1988.

C. Barr Taylor is a Professor of Psychiatry and Behavior Sciences at Stanford with the Lori Irving Award for Excellence in Prevention given by the National Eating Disorders Association. Dr. Bruce Arnow is also a Professor of Psychiatry and Behavior Sciences at the Stanford University Medical Center with a clinical focus in psychology, depression and psychotherapy. This book provided in depth research about generalized anxiety disorder, as well as several different mental disorders, prevention methods of long-term effects and crisis management.

Tyrer, Peter, and David Baldwin. “Generalised Anxiety Disorder.” Generalised Anxiety Disorder, vol. 368, no. 9553, Dec. 2006, pp. 2156–2166.

Peter Tyrer is a Professor of Community Psychiatry at Imperial College London. He has published several journal articles such as Cognitive behavior therapy for non-cardiac pain in the chest and Influence of dependent personalities status on the outcome and heath service costs of health anxiety. David Baldwin is a Professor of Psychiatry and Head of Mental Health Group, University of Southampton, Faculty of Medicine, UK and Honorary Professor of Psychiatry, University of Cape Town, South Africa. This article highlights the details of generalized anxiety disorder and gives an assessment of the clinical features of the disorder.

Wells, Adrian, and Gillian Butler. “Generalized Anxiety Disorder.” Oxford Clinical Psychology, 2015, doi:10.1093/med:psych/9780192627254.003.0007.