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Psychopathology – Anxiety

3. Phobias

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In this module, we think about phobia as an anxiety-related condition in which sufferers are generally able to lead a normal life, however, they experience intense feelings of anxiety in certain contexts. In particular, we focus on (i) specific phobia where anxiety is caused by specific situations or triggers (e.g. fear of flying, fear of spiders), (ii) social phobia where anxiety arises from the feeling of being under intense social scrutiny and (iii) agoraphobia, a fear of finding oneself in a situation from which escape would be difficult or in which one feels unsafe (e.g. fear of feeling trapped on public transport, fear of leaving the house).


In this course, Prof. Femi Oyebode (University of Birmingham) discusses anxiety and anxiety-related disorders. In module one, we explore the general nature of emotions and how we experience them, before moving on to think about anxiety and anxiety disorders more specifically in module two. The remaining modules are dedicated to different types of anxiety-related disorders and stress-related conditions. We discuss phobias, including specific phobia, social phobia and agoraphobia, in module three. Module four looks at obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) and its relation to anxiety, while module five focusses on stress-related conditions such as acute stress disorder (ASD), adjustment disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).


Professor Oyebode is an expert in descriptive and clinical psychopathology. He is an authority on the cognitive neuropsychiatry of delusional misidentification syndromes and on other rare and unusual psychiatric syndromes. He is the author of Sims’ Symptoms in the Mind: textbook of descriptive psychopathology. This is the leading English language text on psychopathology and has been translated into Estonian, Italian, Korean and Portuguese He is also a recognised expert in medical humanities writing about the value of literature to medicine.

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