Psychology & Psychiatry

Brain disruptions similar across many emotional disorders

Researchers have long known that emotional disorders have a lot in common. Many often occur together, like depression and social anxiety disorder. Treatments also tend to work across multiple disorders, suggesting shared ...

Psychology & Psychiatry

Online anxiety therapy helps patients and researchers

The University of Virginia is offering a new, free online tool to help people ease their anxiety from the comfort of their own homes, while at the same time helping researchers continue to refine the program for optimal results.

Psychology & Psychiatry

Antidepressants boost CBT for social anxiety

Treatments for social anxiety disorder often include either selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) or cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), but new research from Uppsala University indicates that social anxiety disorder ...

Psychology & Psychiatry

Brain volume changes after CBT

After just nine weeks of internet-delivered cognitive behavioural therapy, the brain of patients suffering from social anxiety disorder changes in volume. Anxiety is reduced, and parts of the patients' brains decrease in ...

Psychology & Psychiatry

Social anxiety is highly heritable but is affected by environment

Genes play a crucial role over time although environmental factors matter most in the short term, according to a major study into social anxiety and avoidant personality disorders from the Norwegian Institute of Public Health.

Psychology & Psychiatry

Testosterone seems to help people with social anxiety

Testosterone makes people with social anxiety disorder less likely to avoid the gaze of other people. This is one of the conclusions of a study by behavioural scientists at Radboud University. The study is the first to demonstrate ...

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