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Overcoming Anxiety, Second Edition by O. Joseph Bienvenu, Joni E. Johnston

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APPENDIXA

Glossary

adjustment disorder    A maladaptive reaction to an identifiable stressful life event, such as divorce, loss of job, physical illness, or natural disaster. This diagnosis assumes that the condition will go into remission when the stress stops or when the patient adapts to the situation.

agoraphobia    Abnormal anxiety regarding public places or situations from which the person may have difficulty escaping or in which he or she would be helpless in the event of incapacitation.

amygdala    The part of the brain’s limbic system responsible for regulating emotions and triggering responses to danger.

anxiety    Apprehension without apparent cause. It usually occurs when there’s no immediate threat to a person’s safety or well-being, ...

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