09/18/2013 - 05:48

Phobias - whether its fear of spiders, crowds or small spaces - are common and can be difficult to treat. New research from Karolinska Institutet suggests that watching someone else safely interact with the supposedly harmful object can help to extinguish these fear responses, and prevent them from resurfacing later on.


08/21/2013 - 11:44

Anxiety disorders, which include posttraumatic stress disorder, social phobias and obsessive-compulsive disorder, affect 40 million American adults in a given year. Currently available treatments, such as antianxiety drugs, are not always effective and have unwanted side effects.


06/17/2012 - 08:21

An experiment that Sigmund Freud could never have imagined 100 years ago may help lend scientific support for one of his key theories, and help connect it with current neuroscience. Today at the 101st Annual Meeting of the American Psychoanalytic Association, a University of Michigan professor who has spent decades applying scientific methods to the study of psychoanalysis will present new data supporting a causal link between the psychoanalytic concept known as unconscious conflict, and the conscious symptoms experienced by people with anxiety disorders such as phobias.

10/19/2011 - 12:59

The Halloween season congers up ghoulish thoughts of scary ghosts, monsters and haunted houses. It’s a time of year when people fain fear, but for many, fear is not reserved only for October. When is fear normal and when is not?