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Study shows abnormalities in brains of anxiety-disorder patients

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More than 6 million Americans suffer from generalized anxiety disorder, or GAD, a psychiatric condition in which patients become overwhelmed with worry and fear. Stanford's Amit Etkin, MD, PhD, is focusing his research on the disease and just published a paper showing that GAD patients have abnormalities in the way their brain unconsciously controls emotions.

The work, he says, could lead to more effective treatments for the disease, and a better understanding of what happens in other psychiatric disorders.

Etkin's paper appears online in the American Journal of Psychiatry. Our release on the work can be found here.

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