Separation Anxiety Disorder Research

(Also Known As: Anxiety Disorder Research, Separation Anxiety Research, Anxiety Research, Child Anxiety Disorder Research)

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Anxiety disorders are chronic conditions that are persistent if left untreated. This was the findings of a study conducted by Michelle Craske, a psychology professor at UCLA, and funded by the National Institutes of Mental Health. 9

Sixty five children, 7-12 years old, participated in the study which was recently published in the Journal of Behavior Research and Therapy. Studies show that children whose parents have anxiety disorders are 3.5 times more likely to have the condition, compared to children whose parents are free from anxiety disorders. The purpose of the study is to determine whether the child with anxious parents is showing underlying mechanisms of anxiety.

Using measured physiological responses to a cue that was associated with a brief, loud noise, Craske and her colleagues measured how quickly the responses disappeared when the cue was presented in the absence of the loud noise. They discovered an increase in sweat gland activity during the conditioning phase in children with anxiety disorder. The UCLA study revealed that anxiety has the potential to occur in children associated with elevated responses to threat cues and impaired inhibition of reactions to safe cues.

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