Anxiety is a normal reaction to stress. In general, it helps one cope, but when anxiety becomes an excessive, irrational dread of everyday situations, it has become a disabling disorder. Five major types of anxiety disorders are: Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Panic Disorder, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD),and Social Phobia (or Social Anxiety Disorder). Effective treatments for anxiety disorders are available, and research is yielding new, improved therapies that can help most people with anxiety disorders lead productive, fulfilling lives.

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Vanderbilt scientists discover potential new way to treat anxiety
Chemically modified inhibitors of the COX-2 enzyme relieve anxiety behaviors in mice by activating natural “endocannabinoids” without gastrointestinal side effects, Vanderbilt University scientists will report next week.

Researchers track neuron branching's genetic control switch
In an effort to understand how neurons develop different “architectures,” Vanderbilt developmental biologists have discovered a genetic switch that controls one type of neuron branching in the nematode worm.

Vanderbilt Magazine illustrates impact students with intellectual disabilities have on the campus community
A small group of unconventiaonal students makes a big impact on the campus community

SENSE study examines theatre participation’s effect on stress, self-perception in autism
VKC investigator Blythe Corbett, Ph.D., recently published findings on the effects that theatre arts participation may have on adolescents on the autism spectrum, including their levels of psychological stress in social settings as well as their self-perception of stress. The findings were reported in the journal Autism.

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Jennifer Blackford, Ph.D.
Professor of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences and Psychology

Judy Garber, Ph.D.
Cornelius Vanderbilt Chair and Professor of Psychology & Human Development; Professor of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences; Director, Developmental Psychopathology Research Training Program

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