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Panic Disorder: When Fear Overwhelms
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A brochure on Panic Disorder that explains the signs, symptoms and treatments.

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Anxiety Disorders
Anxiety Disorders

A detailed booklet that describes the symptoms, causes, and treatments of the major anxiety disorders, with information on getting help and coping

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Science News About Panic Disorder

Bullying Exerts Psychiatric Effects Into Adulthood

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Bullying Exerts Psychiatric Effects Into Adulthood

Once considered a childhood rite of passage, bullying lingers well into adulthood. Bullies and victims alike are at risk for psychiatric problems such as anxiety, depression, substance abuse, and suicide when they become adults, reported a study partially funded by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) that was published in the April issue of JAMA Psychiatry.

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Light Switches Brain Pathway On-and-Off to Dissect How Anxiety Works

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Scientists, for the first time, have switched anxiety on-and-off in active animals by shining light at a brain pathway. Instinctively reclusive mice suddenly began exploring normally forbidding open spaces when a blue laser activated the pathway – and retreated into a protected area when it dimmed. By contrast, anxiety-like behaviors increased when an amber laser inhibited the same pathway.

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Nurturing Newborn Neurons Sharpens Minds in Mice

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Adult mice engineered to have more newborn neurons in their brain memory hub excelled at accurately discriminating between similar experiences – an ability that declines with normal aging and in some anxiety disorders. Boosting such neurogenesis in the adult hippocampus also produced antidepressant-like effects when combined with exercise, in the study funded by the National Institutes of Health.

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Runaway Vigilance Hormone Linked to Panic Attacks

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A study has linked panic disorder to a wayward hormone in a brain circuit that regulates vigilance. While too little of the hormone, called orexin, is known to underlie narcolepsy, the new study suggests that too much of it may lead to panic attacks that afflict 6 million American adults.

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Half of Adults With Anxiety Disorders Had Psychiatric Diagnoses in Youth

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About half of adults with an anxiety disorder had symptoms of some type of psychiatric illness by age 15, a NIMH-funded study shows.

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Posts About Panic Disorder

Getting Serious About Mental Illnesses

By Thomas Insel on July 31, 2013

Dr. Insel explains the nuances of the term, “serious mental illness.”

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