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New neuroscience study finds anxiety and mood disorders share brain activation patterns

Recent advances in neuroscience techniques and technology have significantly accelerated the pace at which humans understand the brain and ourselves. A key area of focus for researchers and clinicians is mental health disorders, such as anxiety and mood disorders.

One of the largest metanalysis, including 226 functional imaging studies, found that patients with the aforementioned disorders have hypoactivation in brain regions related to emotional and cognitive control (Delfina et al., 2019). Those with anxiety and mood disorders have differences in inhibitory control and salience processing, limiting their ability to shift away from anxious or negative thoughts.

Hence, focusing treatment on these brain regions may alleviate symptoms associated with both types of disorders and improve clinical outcomes. Read the complete study here.


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