Panic Disorder News

Overcoming Fear With Oxytocin

November 15th, 2014
Researchers at the University of Bonn Hospital have demonstrated that the bonding hormone oxytocin inhibits the fear center in the brain, allowing fear to subside more easily. The study, which appears in the journal Biological Psychiatry, could usher in a new era in ...

Good News for Those with Social Anxiety Disorder

November 14th, 2014
New research suggests people with social anxiety disorder have an unfounded opinion that their friendships are shallow. Although it may be extremely difficult for people with social anxiety disorder to make friends, the belief that the friendship are not of the highest ...

Waking While Under General Anesthetic Can Trigger Problems Later

October 27th, 2014
A recent study of people who have been accidentally conscious while under a general anesthetic shows it can have a long-term impact. The patient remains conscious in about one in every 19,000 general anesthetics, said researchers led by Dr. Jaideep Pandit of Oxford ...

Panic Attacks Linked to Fear of Bright Light

October 21st, 2014
A new European study suggests that panic attacks may be associated with an aversion to bright light. Although the finding does not imply a cause-and-effect relationship, the discovery of an association may lead to development of new therapies for panic disorder. Panic attacks occur ...

Rat Study: Females More Sensitive to Cannabis

September 6th, 2014
Due to higher estrogen levels, females are at least 30 percent more sensitive to the pain-relieving effects of THC (the active ingredient in cannabis) compared to males, according to a new rat study at Washington State University (WSU). Females are also more susceptible ...

Confusion On Awakening Called New Sleep Disorder

August 27th, 2014
A new study suggests a disorder called "sleep drunkenness" may affect one in every seven people. Sleep drunkenness occurs when, during or following arousals from sleep, peoples are confused or perform inappropriate behavior, such as answering the phone instead of turning off the alarm. ...

Pathological Gambling May Run in Families

June 18th, 2014
In a new study, University of Iowa (UI) investigators found that pathological gambling runs in families, with first-degree relatives of pathological gamblers eight times more likely to develop this problem in their lifetime than relatives of people without pathological gambling. "Our work clearly ...

Sudden Death of Loved One Can Trigger Psychiatric Disorders

May 31st, 2014
Sudden Death of Loved One Can Trigger Psychiatric DisordersThe sudden loss of a loved one can trigger a variety of psychiatric disorders in people with no history of mental illness, according to a new ...

Undiagnosed Mental Distress Hinders Productivity

January 24th, 2014
hand head man unhappyEmerging research suggests symptoms accompanying unidentified mental health disorders often influence the workplace. As an example, cases of undiagnosed depression and anxiety often cause insomnia and emotional distress, conditions that increase absenteeism ...

Genes + Environmental Stress = Panic Disorder

December 2nd, 2013
Genes + Environmental Stress = Panic Disorder New research from Spain suggests that the gene NTRK3 may be a factor in panic disorder, which is often accompanied by other conditions such as depression or ...