Approximately 40 million American 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 Yerkes researchers is PTSD, an anxiety disorder that may develop after experiencing an event that has caused an individual trauma. Side effects of PTSD often include traumatic flashbacks and nightmares that keep an individual from feeling safe or comfortable.
Discoveries made by Yerkes researchers have been translated to clinical applications, as demonstrated by the use of D-cycloserine to treat phobias and PTSD. Yerkes researchers will continue to use state-of-the-art techniques to better understand fear learning, inhibition of fear and stress responses.