Brain activity patterns in anxiety-prone people suggest deficits in handling fear – 1
Narrator: This is NIH Health Matters. I’m Joe Balintfy. Anxiety appears to be linked to the functioning of two key brain regions involved in fear and its suppression. Dr. Sonia Bishop of the University of California Berkeley helped design a recent study.
Bishop: We were interested in trying to look at people who were kind of highly vulnerable to see what’s different about the way in which these processes work in those individuals to try and understand the pathway into high risk anxiety disorders.
Narrator: The study suggests that engaging brain areas that help to suppress fear even when the source of fear is still present, may help to protect against anxiety disorders. For more information, visit www.nimh.nih.gov. Health Matters is produced by the National Institutes of Health, part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
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