Monday, February 07, 2005

Panic

Psychopathology sometimes gets a little ridiculous. Today we learned about "Generalized Anxiety Disorder" which, according to the DSM-IV (of GAF fame - see below), refers to being worried about 2 or more things for 6 or more months. Our professor gave the example of a mother who worries about her children and finances.

Oh yeah, that's pathological.

We also learned about panic attacks which account for 11% of all emergency room visits. The symptoms of a panic attack are shortness of breath, difficulty swallowing, chest pain and dizziness which are some of the symptoms of a heart attack. It must take a lot of experience and chutzpah to say to someone who is grabbing their chest and gasping that they ought to breathe into a paper bag and refer them to a therapist.

We got our psych nursing assignments: I will be on a floor that has schizophrenic patients, patients who have received electroconvulsive therapy and patients with substance abuse problems. What a mix!

7 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Top Ten Things I Worry About for Two Months or More:
1) my hair(line)
2) what to wear tomorrow
3) girls
4) that i'm going to get kicked out of school for being a lazy git
5) girls
6) war
7) social injustice
8) girls
9) my health
10) uh ... see #3.

c'mon let's see those lists, people!


nate

12:06 PM  
Blogger Ilan said...

My top ten:
10) Being 26 and having no idea where my life's going
9) Doing really badly at school again
8) Girls
7) Health, weight
6) Obsolescence
5) Girls
4) Geopolitics, anti-semitism
3) Eschatological Christian Cults
2) Girl
1) Homework

3:36 PM  
Blogger Ilan Muskat said...

Ooops! I posted as my other self.

3:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

this blog is already knee-deep in scatology; if you're gonna wax eschatological on top of that, i might have to see a shrink ...

:-p

10:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ok RN, my first post on your blog will be shamelessly self-referential (but hopefully not scatalogical)
Ten Thoughts that Make Me Panic:
10) Human Nature - if it exists, it's probably bad.
9) Paris Hilton is famous and wealthy.
8) The Bible - might be true.
7) The South Beach Diet - might be true.
6) Economic and social inequality is increasing.
5) Things could be much worse.
4) I'm old enough to hear my biological clock ticking.
3) Bill O'Reilly is famous and wealthy.
2) Apathy.
1) Reincarnation is total bullshit.
R.E.L.Y.

4:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Julia's List [a friend of Reilly's who reads this excellent blog]

1. Reality T.V. shows and the state of humanity, and our declining social values.
2. The Republican party.
3. Evangelical Christianity.
4. My little sister.
5. Wanting to have babies but absolutely loathing the idea at the same time. Also hate the idea of Mommy haircuts/fashion/lifestyle.
6. Financial independence.
7. Being able to live someplace decent and NOT in Vancouver.
8. My utter inability to keep my room clean.
9. How one becomes Jewish without being born so.
10. Finding a job in my field.

10:08 AM  
Blogger Jodie said...

Your instructor was not thorough enough with her description. The worry has to be excessive...such as my ex-mom-in-law's worry that terrorists are going to blow up her grandkids' school. In addition, that worrying mom mentioned by your instructor has to have some physical symptoms, like irritability or trouble concentrating. AND all this has to be negatively affecting her functioning in some manner.

Having said that, my top ten:

1. That my son will not ever move out of the house (he's 15).
2. That my married daughter will move back into my house.
3. That my married daughter will move back into my house with her spouse and evil little dog.
4. My periods will never stop...where's menopause when you're ready for it?
5. I will lose weight and have to buy a whole new wardrobe (oh wait...I WANT that to happen...)
6. The monster really will be under the bed the next time I look.
7. The BON will decide that I didn't pass NCLEX after all.
8. I will decide I need to go back to college for yet another degree.
9. My son will finally perfect his joke conspiracy theory, put it on the web and start WWIII.
10. The dogs will figure out how to open the refrigerator.

2:08 PM  

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