About 1 in 3 Americans will suffer from an anxiety disorder at sometime in their life. Severe anxiety disorders, such as those caused by post-traumatic stress, are extremely debilitating, imposing incredible suffering on the affected individuals and their loved ones. These anxiety disorders also come at a great financial cost to society.
Anxiety disorders are associated with changes in brain function. To successfully treat anxiety disorders, we need to understand the nature and function of the brain circuits that serve fear and anxiety. Advancing that understanding, and using that understanding to develop better treatments, is our mission at the Staglin Center for Brain and Behavioral Health.
– Michael Fanselow, Director