Fear, Anxiety and Related Disorders
Course infoSchedule
Course moduleSOW-PSB3DH30E
Credits (ECTS)4
CategoryBA (Bachelor)
Language of instructionDutch, English
Offered byRadboud University; Faculty of Social Sciences; Psychology;
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prof. dr. E.S. Becker
Other course modules lecturer
A.L. Dapprich, MSc
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dr. L.A. Henricks
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dr. W.G. Lange
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dr. W.G. Lange
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Academic year2018
PER2  (05/11/2018 to 03/02/2019)
Starting block
Course mode
Registration using OSIRISYes
Course open to students from other facultiesNo
Waiting listNo
Placement procedure-

The aim of this course is to teach detailed knowledge about the different anxiety disorders and anxiety related disorders, their manifestation, etiology, and treatment. Students will become acquainted with different, sometimes contradictory, theoretical frameworks, fundamental research results, and therapy approaches. In addition, they will have the opportunity to discuss cases of anxiety patients and practice some of the therapeutic techniques themselves.

Anxiety, fears and worry, are all a part of most people's life. In fact, fear is a necessary warning signal of a dangerous or difficult situation. Without anxiety, we would have no way of anticipating difficulties ahead and preparing for them. But this normally helpful emotion can do just the opposite: it can keep you from coping and can disrupt your daily life. Normal anxiety turns into a disorder when it becomes chronic and interferes with our daily routines and the ability to function adequately.
Anxiety and anxiety related disorders are the most common of all the mental health disorders. Usually, more women than men are afflicted. Anxiety and its related disorders are among the earliest psychiatric disorders to develop: many children are suffering from phobias or separation anxiety, many teenagers from Social Anxiety Disorder. Because of their early onset, they are seen as a major risk factor even a possible cause for later mental health problems.
Anxiety and related disorders are categorized into: Specific Phobia, Panic Disorder & Agoraphobia, Social Anxiety Disorder, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Trauma and Stress Related Disorders, and Obsessive Compulsive and Related Disorders. They affect behaviour, thoughts, emotions, and physical health. Research of their specific origins is ongoing, but it is believed that they are caused by a combination of biological factors, cognitive style, and an individual’s personal circumstances, much like other health problems. Luckily, they can be treated effectively.
In this class Fear, Anxiety and Related Disorder are central:
  • The different anxiety related disorders will be described in detail
  • The role of research in understanding the causes of these conditions will be explained
  • Effective treatments and a selection of therapeutic techniques will be described and practiced
Cases will be presented and discussed.
Multiple-choice (in English) 

Additional comments
As room space is limited, a registration cap may apply for this course. Make sure to register at your earliest convenience. In case of too many enrollments Psychology students have priority over students from other faculties or universities.

At least a full year of prior study in the field of Psychology.

Required materials
To be announced
Recent scientific publications for every session will be announced on brightspace.

Instructional modes
Demonstrations in small groups


Lectures and Interactive lectures

multiple choice
Test weight1
Test typeMultiple choice
OpportunitiesBlock PER2, Block PER3