Brain activity patterns in anxiety-prone people suggest deficits in handling fear – 2
Narrator: This is NIH Health Matters. I’m Joe Balintfy. Anxiety disorders are characterized by an excessive, irrational dread of everyday situations. At any given time 30 percent of the population will suffer from some form of anxiety. Some people may experience general, chronic anxiety, while others become anxious in response to one or more specific triggers. Dr. Sonia Bishop of the University of California Berkeley says two brain regions have been implicated in anxiety, one has been associated with extinction.
Bishop: Which is how quickly you can get over your fears once danger has passed.
Narrator: Extinction may help protect against chronic anxiety disorders even when stressful life events are ongoing. 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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