Anxiety (Biographies of Disease) by Cheryl Winning Ghinassi

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He developed the idea that instinctual sexual drives, as well as child rearing techniques, play a significant 28 Anxiety Freud’s Own Anxiety Historians believe that much of Freud’s thinking about psychological phenomena was the result of his own self-analysis. Biographers refer to his self-doubt and insecurity regarding his ability and intelligence and his need for reassurance, approval, and emotional support. ’’ He was so anxious about leaving his native Vienna that he did so only when the Nazi occupation made it unsafe for him to remain there.

This etiological viewpoint, or emphasis on the origins of disease, was revolutionary. Sydenham’s approach was much more holistic and systemic than had ever been considered previously. ’’ He studied those suffering from anxiety and hypochondria, and he concluded that these were physical disorders over which the mind has no control. ’’ Scottish scientist William Cullen (1710–1790) viewed mental illness as biologically based and influenced by an individual’s environment and life experiences. He coined the term neuroses to categorize what he viewed as neurologically based mental illnesses or those occurring, he theorized, because of inflamed or irritated nerves.

An Emerging Light Fortunately, as the Middle Ages progressed, there were gradual gains in philosophy and scholarship throughout Europe. Contact with the Islamic world 18 Anxiety also increased the access to Greek and Muslim scholarship. As a result, philosophers and the proliferation of medieval universities were again setting the tone for science, medicine, and psychology. During this period, a very significant contribution was made by the scholar Albertus Magnus (1193–1280). Against the wishes of the Church, Magnus reviewed all of Aristotle’s writings and made them once again accessible to scientists.

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