Science News About Anxiety Disorders
- Brain Activity Patterns After Trauma May Predict Long-Term Mental Health
The way a person’s brain responds to stress following a traumatic event, such as a car accident, may help to predict their long-term mental health outcomes, according to NIMH-supported research.
- Study Identifies Risk Factors for Elevated Anxiety in Young Adults During COVID-19 Pandemic
A new study has identified early risk factors that predicted heightened anxiety in young adults during the coronavirus pandemic.
- Infant Temperament Predicts Personality More Than 20 Years Later
Researchers investigating how temperament shapes adult life-course outcomes have found that behavioral inhibition in infancy predicts a reserved, introverted personality at age 26 and for some, a risk of internalizing psychopathology such as anxiety and depression.
- Fast-Fail Trial Shows New Approach to Identifying Brain Targets for Clinical Treatments
An innovative NIMH-funded trial shows that a receptor involved in the brain’s reward system may be a viable target for treating anhedonia (or lack of pleasure), a key symptom of several mood and anxiety disorders.
- NIH Study Reveals Differences in Brain Activity in Children with Anhedonia
Researchers have identified changes in brain connectivity and brain activity during rest and reward anticipation in children with anhedonia, a condition where people lose interest and pleasure in activities they used to enjoy.
- Puerto Rico’s “Fear Lab” Mentors Neuroscience Rigor amid Diversity
A lineage of young neuroscientists from diverse backgrounds trace their scientific roots to a “fear lab” in Puerto Rico that the National Institutes of Health has been supporting for two decades.
- Webinar: RDoC - Fear & Anxiety: From Mechanisms to Implementation
This November 2016 RDoC webinar highlights the role of fear and anxiety in disorders such as phobias and depression.
- Pediatrics-based Brief Therapy Outdoes Referral for Youths with Anxiety and Depression
A streamlined behavioral therapy delivered in a pediatrics practice offered much greater benefit to youth with anxiety and depression than a more standard referral to mental health care with follow-up in a clinical trial comparing the two approaches.
- Estrogen Alters Memory Circuit Function in Women with Gene Variant
Brain scans reveal that fluctuations in estrogen can trigger atypical functioning in a key brain memory circuit in women with a common version of a gene. Since working memory function is often disturbed in mental disorders, such gene-hormone interactions are suspect mechanisms that may confer risk.