Anxiety (Biographies of Disease) by Cheryl Winning Ghinassi

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He viewed the body as a machine that operated under the laws of physics. The mind, however, was an ethereal entity, lacking in substance, which operated by its own principles. ’’ This theory was the first to propose a true bidirectionality between the mind and the body, where the mind and body mutually influence each other. Heretofore, the thinking had essentially been that the body influenced the mind, but the mind did not influence the body. This is a key concept in the study of anxiety disorders.

Discovered in 1826 in a salt marsh in England, bromide salts are also found in seawater. Potassium bromide, in particular, was discovered to have sedative and anticonvulsive properties. Used to induce sleep, it was also utilized for relieving seizures. Bromide salts are used today only as a veterinary anticonvulsant. Chloral hydrate, also a sedative, was first synthesized in 1832 and was heralded as a sleep remedy. In addition, it was used to help relieve anxiety and provide sedation for medical and dental procedures.

He believed that affect comes first and is primary. There is evidence, however, that information can be processed via established schemata or cognitive sets outside of one’s awareness, which could, therefore, precede emotion. Peter Lang’s bioinformational approach addresses some of the contradictions and questions discussed above. He emphasizes the processing of information, which can take into account the out-of-consciousness appraisal that can occur when one is confronted with an emotion-provoking event.

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