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Anxiety Disorders and Extinction
An analysis of the use of extinction to treat anxiety disorders.
# 117384 | 1,713 words | 5 sources | MLA | 2009 | US
Published on Nov 30, 2009 in Psychology (Disorders)

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Extinction is the process whereby the fear or stimulus that triggers the anxiety disorder is removed from the subject. This paper addresses how extinction is being used to help treat anxiety disorders. It also looks at drug treatments that effectuate extinction in patients and what types of panic disorders are being effectively treated using extinction.

What is Extinction?
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

From the Paper:

"Another approach to obtaining the goal of extinction is to shut off the receptor. So instead of dealing with the patient's relationship to the stimulus itself, doctor's have been trying to shut off the part of the brain that fear reports to. Fear memory has been most commonly associated with the Amygdala region of the brain.(Travis, 2004) This begs the question, what part of the brain does fear extinction involve? The medial prefrontal cortex has commonly been cited as the location in the brain where fear-inhibiting memories are stored. (Travis, 2004) This is because that part of the brain has the right connections to the fear response, and when animals with this section of the brain damaged have received treatments aimed at extinction, they have found that by the next day, all fear has returned. (Travis, 2004)"

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Birk, L., Pharmacology for Performance Anxiety Disorders,, August 2004, <>.
  • Charney, Dennis, Davis, Kenneth, Coyle, Joseph, Nemeroff, Charles, Anxiety and Stress Disorder, Neuropsychopharmacology: The Fifth Generation of Progress, The American College of Neuropharmacology copyright 2002.
  • Friedman, Richard A., Like Drugs, Talk Can Change Brain Chemistry, New York Times, Aug. 27, 2002.
  • Pull, Charles, Developments in the Treatment of Anxiety Disorders, CNS Forum, Dec. 31, 2004, <>.
  • Travis, John, Fear Not: Scientists Are Learning How People Can Unlearn Fear, Science News Online, January 17, 2004; Vol. 165, No. 3, <>.

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