Generalized Anxiety Disorder and Treatments

Posted in 1, PRCA 3330: Personal on April 13, 2010 by mc02131


Here’s some interesting research I did on Generalized Anxiety Disorder. If you think you may be suffering from any type of anxiety based disorder you might want to read this.
Generalized anxiety disorder (often abbreviate GAD) “is characterized by multiple, excessive fears and worries about a range of issues including inclement weather, natural disasters, illness, risky situations, failure, and the future.” (Keeton, Kolos, walkup, 2009, p172). Sleeping, eating, and concentration patterns are often disrupted as a result of the disorder. In some cases, the anxiety causes people to eat more, but there are many instances where a person will not eat due to the illness and end up losing an unhealthy amount of weight. It is not uncommon to see a person’s grades or performance at work drop because of the concentration difficulties often associated with GAD. According to Keeton, Kolos, and Walkup (2009) many people with GAD seek out reassurance frequently and do not take any type of criticism well and as a result it often negatively affects peer relationships, as well as family functioning.
There are multiple treatments one can use if diagnosed with GAD. Medication and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) are two of the top treatments many therapist use. Flouxetine and placebo are two of the most commonly used medications ,however, Keeton, Kolos, and Walkup did a study and found in a randomized controlled trial of fluoxetine, a fixed dose of 20 mg/day (n = 37) was superior to placebo (n = 37) after 12 weeks of experimentation (2009). Cognitive behavioral therapy proves to be very affective with GAD especially using the gradual exposure technique to the feared stimulus. for example, a person may be afraid of snakes, but after steadily being introduced to the feared stimulus (ex. begin by talking about it, then talk about it with pictures, then show a picture of a poisonous snake, then have a snake in the room as you talk about it) the anxiety gradually goes down. CBT does not work right away, and improvements are often not even seen until around the 10-16th session (2009). Both medication and the CBT are effective for treating GAD; however, it is most efficient to do the two treatments combined, if possible.


PR Connections :So why do I get negative reactions from people when I tell them I’m minoring in PR?

Posted in 1, PRCA 3330: PR Connections on April 13, 2010 by mc02131

PR Connections :Career Fair for Communications Dept. on Wed. April 14th!

Posted in 1, PRCA 3330: PR Connections on April 13, 2010 by mc02131

Tommorrow from 12-3, I , along with 3 other people from my Event Mang. class will be hosting a career fail at the CAT (Center for Art and Theatre) building on the GSU campus. If you come, you will have the opportunity to network with various professional in Journalism, Public Relations, and Mass Communication. A long with interreacting with these individuals when you sign in at the event you will automatically be a candidate to win door prizes. It’s going to be a great event and we encourage you to come!

PR Connections :My reaction/ evaluation to an event I attended earliar in the semester

Posted in 1, PRCA 3330: PR Connections on April 13, 2010 by mc02131

Earlier this semester I attended a Drag Show in the Russell Union for extra credit in my Social Policy class. In case you are not aware of what a Drag Show is, it is a show where men dress up as women and put on a show dancing and flaunting off their “feminine” body. I would never ever attend this kind of event again, but sense it was for extra credit it was bearable. I’m pretty sure most of the students there were there for some type of extra credit opportunity. I have never been to a Drag Show before, but it seemed the overall purpose of the event was achieved. The purpose of the event to me at least was just to show off a different subculture. One aspect of the event I did like was after they danced and walked on the catwalk the “Ladies” took some questions from the audience which I stayed for.

I talked to a girl who went last year, and she said that show was a little better because the crowd was a more into it. They were missing their main performer so that could have been a reason. Overall, it was a well run show, and everything seem to run smoothly. The only aspect that could have been run better was getting into and out of the show because there were a lot of people there. I would have liked it if they let people out by roes, because everyone was trying to grab their extra credit on the way out and it was just a major hassle to get everybody through. I would have also liked it if they had drinks and popcorn available.

Topic of the Week: Week 13

Posted in 1, PRCA 3330: Topic of the Week on April 12, 2010 by mc02131

Here are some reasons I believe PR people can drive Journalist NUTS! 

1) Sending them memo’s that are to long.

2) Sending out spam.

3) Not having a subject in the headline of an email.

4) Sending too many e-mails ….I HATE when I get e-mails from one particular person ALL the time. I can imagine this occurrs often for journalist.

5)A press release more than two sides long.

6)Making mistakes in news releases that are not factual

7)Not meeting deadlines

8)Calling a journalist to ask why a press release was not published

9)Excess hype words used in news releases (ex. Extravigant!)

10)Poorly written material and not knowing how to format correctly.

Chapter 14: PRCA 3330

Posted in 1, PRCA 3330 :Reading Notes on April 12, 2010 by mc02131

Chapter 12: PRCA 3330

Posted in 1, PRCA 3330 :Reading Notes on April 12, 2010 by mc02131