Study Suggests Methods and Timing to Treat Fears

Interesting variation to what clinicians already do.

Study Suggests Methods and Timing to Treat Fears: “A new study suggests that doctors can take advantage of the brain’s natural updating process — the way it might soften its impression of, say, pit bulls after seeing a playful one — to treat phobias, post-traumatic stress and other anxiety disorders. Therapists already treat these disorders, in part, by exposing patients in a safe environment to the sights, places or memories that they dread, in an effort to create new and more comforting associations. But the study, published Wednesday by th…”