Montreal Gazette: University of Alberta scientist pinpoints anxiety trigger

EDMONTON – Groundbreaking research by a University of Alberta neuroscientist holds the promise of new treatment for anxiety disorders, Canada’s most common mental health problem.
The research published last week in The Journal of Neuroscience pinpoints a previously undiscovered mechanism in the brain that controls anxiety. That mechanism affects neurons in the pea-sized part of the brain that assesses risk and reward, making those neurons more or less excitable and therefore more or less likely to send out anxious messages.
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