HULK

PANIC DISORDER

Symptoms

Increased heart rate and heavy breathing.

Bruce's heart rate and breathing patterns increase as he changes.


Feelings of dizziness.

The Hulk is often discombobulated after transforming.

Course and Progression

During an experiment Bruce Banner was exposed to malignant amount of Gamma radiation, turning him into a green monster. He survived this lethal event and is able to change between the green monster and his normal self, because physics... Bruce gains invincibility when he transforms. While he is invulnerable, he loses control damaging everything around him. Bruce realizes that he loses control and also develops agoraphobia. Simply thinking of having another attack (getting mad) often triggers another attack (transformation).

Prevalance

According to The Kim Foundation approximately 6 million Adult Americans have this disorder. That is about 2.7 percent of the population.
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Etiology

The destruction that comes with his transformation has scarred him. Bruce is traumatized that he has hurt people, and this creates anxiety. Bruce is worried that he might transform again and hurt people again.

Treatment

Cognitive Therapy

The Hulk gets mad very easily so training him to control his emotions and behaviors can make him less mad. This may even help him stop his attack if he can control it.

Group Therapy

Bruce often calms down when he is around someone he cares about. By placing him in a positive environment focusing on Carl Rogers' theory of personal growth he can train himself to have a Unconditional Positive Regard towards everyone. If Bruce accepts everyone, he wouldn't ever get mad or feel like he is in danger, ultimately decreasing the number of panic attacks.