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McLean Investigators Suggest That Specific Brain Circuits Could Unlock New Psychiatric Treatments

A McLean Hospital scientific team’s comprehensive analysis of recent research into how the brain shapes responses to cognitive and emotional challenges has revealed the potential for new brain treatments for psychiatric conditions that target specific brain circuits. The detailed review, “An Emerging Circuit Pharmacology of GABAA Receptors,” is available online in the journal Trends in...

Breaking Research Finding: Anxiety and Fear Are Controlled by Different Brain Circuitry

Earlier this month, McLean Hospital researchers became the first to identify defined populations of neurons that are absolutely critical for the anxiety-reducing action of the widely used medication Valium®. This finding may have implications for developing more effective treatments for anxiety disorders, which are the most common psychiatric disorders in the United States. “While one-size-fits-...