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Everyone experiences fear and anxiety. However, when these feelings dominate one's life, they can lead to mental disorders. As a result, the affected individuals may withdraw from their usual activities and their quality of life may diminish. Prof. Alfons O. Hamm, Head of the Department of Biological and Clinical Psychology/Psychotherapy at the University of Greifswald, will present findings of a multi-center study on the effectiveness of cognitive behavioral therapies in treatment of anxiety disorders.

The lecture will be delivered in English with simultaneous translation to Polish.

Free admission. Registration required ».

The event is financed by the City of Poznań.

Lecture

April10 2018

Poznań

What Can Be Done If Fear and Anxiety Get Out of Control?

Everybody has experienced feelings of fear and anxiety. They arise if you are confronted with a perceived threat or if you enter a context in which a potential threat might occur. In face of these threats, the brain prepares the body to activate a dynamic pattern of defensive actions. These patterns are orchestrated by specialized neuronal networks in the brain.

Fear and anxiety can turn into illness – a mental disorder caused by experiencing constant feelings of anxiety. When it happens, people no longer do things that they previously enjoyed or they avoid activities that they need to do. Often anxiety leads to a viscious circle of fearing the fear itself.

What can be done when anxiety becomes overwhelming and impacts one's life? As Goethe, who suffered from acrophobia - a severe fear of heights, said the best soultion, is the systematic exposure to the factor that is the source of fear. Nevertheless, it is not so easy. People try to avoid fearful situations rather than experience the most intensive fear. They choose flight instead of fight. An escape can provide a short relief, but the anxious condition may worsen, because the primitive old part of the brain learns that escape is an appropriate action.

In anxiety disorders the problem is that one almost never feels really safe. Cognitive behavioral therapy can be helpful. Individuals can learn what to do when they feel the onset of a panic attack. Behavioral therapy seems to be very effective in many cases.

During his lecture, Professor Hamm will present research results on the effectiveness of cognitive therapy. He will also talk about learnings from numerous therapy sessions that may lead to better outcomes for patients suffering from anxiety disorders.

Speaker

Hamm A

Alfons O. Hamm - Professor of psychology, Head of the Department of Biological and Clinical Psychology/Psychotherapy at the University of Greifswald, in Germany. His reserach interests include experimental psychopathology, panic and phobias, schizophrenia, neuropsychology of fear learning, as well as emotion and attention systems. In his research, he uses Electroencephalography (EEG). Former student and continuator of Prof. Peter Lang's research work. The author of Furcht und Phobien, a publication on anxiety disorders.

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Date and Location

April 10, 2018, 18.00-19.30
Poznań Faculty of Psychology
Kutrzeby 10, room 004

Contact

Anna Szulczewska
e-mail: wydarzenia.poznan@swps.edu.pl

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