Essay on Description of Abnormal Psychology
A couple of instances in the movie where Dr. Hudson’s agoraphobia is highlighted is when she attempts to escape an intruder in her home, or when she struggles to grab her newspaper from the corridor. Despite fighting her anxiety desperately in both situations, she fails to proceed out of her house. In these scenes, optical distortions are proposed to generate a believable notion of de-realization, which is an abnormal occurrence of detachment or unreality (4). Throughout the film, Dr. Hudson’s anxiety and hesitancy are made very evident and her panic attacks are realistically portrayed, in the sense that they either seem to occur spontaneously, or are subsequently triggered by being compelled to relive her past trauma in precise detail. This shows that she suffers from a combination of PTSD and panic disorder. The three main symptoms of PTSD are repeated experiencing, avoidance and negative changes. Patients may regularly relive the shock through recurring hallucinations, memories, flashbacks or even thoughts of anxiety that remind he or she of the past (4).