Description: Somewhere in the neighbourhood of 20% of North Americans suffer from some form of anxiety disorder that impacts their relationships, their schoolwork and/or their jobs. There are many things Psychology can suggest that people do or try in order to cope with their feelings of anxiety but what if there was an “underlying disease mechanism” that was linked to feelings of anxiety and which could be addressed – treated? Read the article linked below to see what this mechanism might involve and what a route to new treatments for acute anxiety issues might look like.
Source: Scientists may have found the root of anxiety, opening a door to treatment, Emma Betuel, Inverse.com
Date: October 25, 2019
Photo Credit: Dimitri Traenker/Shutterstock, www.inverse.com
What might it mean if a slight hormonal adjustment could virtually eliminate anxiety disorder related issues among females? And, are we in a position to ask such questions yet, given that the research in question is still in the “mouse” stage? Of course, more research is needed but a better understanding of the neural mechanisms that drive anxiety would be a very good start!
Questions for Discussion:
- What neuro-hormonal processes do the researchers who conducted the research described in the linked article?
- How might this research be described as potentially leading to new anxiety treatments?
- Would the anxiety treatments that could follow from this research make current Psychological approaches to understanding and dealing (intervening) with anxiety obsolete? Why or Why not?
References (Read Further):
Tränkner, D., Boulet, A., Peden, E., Focht, R., Van Deren, D., & Capecchi, M. (2019). A Microglia Sublineage Protects from Sex-Linked Anxiety Symptoms and Obsessive Compulsion. Cell Reports, 29(4), 791-799. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2211124719312331
Evans, S., Ferrando, S., Findler, M., Stowell, C., Smart, C., & Haglin, D. (2008). Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy for generalized anxiety disorder. Journal of anxiety disorders, 22(4), 716-721. http://spers.ca/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/Mindfullness-based-CBT-on-GAD.pdf
Caouette, J. D., & Guyer, A. E. (2014). Gaining insight into adolescent vulnerability for social anxiety from developmental cognitive neuroscience. Developmental cognitive neuroscience, 8, 65-76. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1878929313000625
Blair, K. S., & Blair, R. J. R. (2012). A cognitive neuroscience approach to generalized anxiety disorder and social phobia. Emotion Review, 4(2), 133-138. https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Robert_Blair2/publication/254089773_A_Cognitive_Neuroscience_Approach_to_Generalized_Anxiety_Disorder_and_Social_Phobia/links/58210f2308ae12715afc04aa/A-Cognitive-Neuroscience-Approach-to-Generalized-Anxiety-Disorder-and-Social-Phobia.pdf