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Psychotherapy normalizes the brain in social phobia
A study conducted by researchers from the University of Zurich, Zurich University Hospital and the University Hospital of Psychiatry Zurich now reveals that the successful treatment of an anxiety disorder alters key brain structures that are involved in processing and regulating emotions.
Cognitive behavioral therapy pivotal
In patients suffering from social anxiety disorder, regulation of excessive anxiety by frontal and lateral brain areas is impaired.
Strategies aimed at regulating emotions should restore the balance between cortical and subcortical brain areas.
These strategies are practised in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) which is a central therapy for social anxiety disorder.