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Exposure Therapy Turns Off Fear Neurons to Treat Anxiety

(11/4/2013)

Exposure Therapy Turns Off Fear Neurons to Treat Anxiety
Psych Central
November 4, 2013

Exposure therapy is often used to treat anxiety disorders like post-traumatic stress disorder and phobias; despite its effectiveness, little is known of the biological processes underpinning the therapy.  A new study in mice, published in the journal Neuron, reports that exposure therapy remodels an inhibitory junction in the amygdala, a brain region important for fear in mice and humans.  The findings improve understanding of how exposure therapy suppresses fear responses and may aid in developing more effective treatments.

View the full article here: http://psychcentral.com/news/2013/11/04/exposure-therapy-turns-off-fear-neurons-to-treat-anxiety/61579.html


Keywords: exposure, therapy, fear, neurons, anxiety, treatment



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