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Fear, Anxiety and Stress-Related Disorders

Approximately 40 million Americans have a fear or anxiety disorder. Such disorders include generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, phobias, social anxiety disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and many more.

A special focus of Emory National Primate Research Center researchers is PTSD, a stress-related anxiety disorder that may develop after experiencing a traumatic event, sometimes early in life. Side effects of PTSD often include traumatic flashbacks and nightmares that keep an individual from feeling safe or comfortable.

Discoveries made by Emory Primate Center (EPC) researchers have been translated to clinical applications, as demonstrated by the use of D-cycloserine to treat phobias and PTSD. EPC researchers will continue to use state-of-the-art techniques to better understand fear learning, inhibition of fear and stress responses.