On One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Charlie Cheswick had Generalized Anxiety Disorder. It is important because generalized anxiety disorder can stop one from leading a normal life as seen in the movie when Charlie Cheswick signs himself into a mental institution. It poses a threat to one’s happiness and it could lead to other psychological disorders, such as depression, which can lead to suicide. This disorder can also cause a great amount of stress, which can lead to illness and eventually, death.
Emotionally charged, confiding interaction between a trained therapist and someone who suffers from psychological difficulties. People with general anxiety need someone who is supportive, understanding, and take interest in how they feel.
A behavior therapy procedure that conditions new responses to stimuli that trigger unwanted behaviors. (i.e systematic desensitization & Aversive Conditioning)
- Systematic Desensitization
A type of counter conditioning that associates a pleasant relaxed state with gradually increasing anxiety-triggering stimuli. If a person with general anxiety is treated with this therapy, whatever their fear is will come in contact (slowly) with whatever they are comfortable doing. Such as someone who fears mice but loves eating, the mice would placed in the same area as the patient while their eating and over time the mice will get closer and closer to the point of physical contact.
- Exposure Therapies
Behavioral techniques, such as systematic desensitization, that treat anxieties by exposing people to the things they fear and avoid. This therapy introduces the feared object/event to the patient little by little.
- Aversive Conditioning
A type of counter conditioning that associates an unpleasant state with an unwanted behavior. People with anxiety disorders that are treated with this therapy tend to get rid of unwanted behaviors by associating it with an uncomfortable feeling such as drinking (the unwanted behavior) and nausea ( the uncomfortable feeling).
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