News-Medical: Neural mechanisms of social anxiety disorder

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Anxiety is an adaptive response that is of great benefit to all life forms. It triggers fear learning, i.e., survival instincts that alert an organism to its surroundings and the dangers that prevail in it. However, extreme anxiety that is inappropriate to a circumstance and is prolonged is a negative emotion, labeled as a social anxiety disorder (SAD). In SAD, negative emotions are stored longer in the memory than others that are less provoking. (August 7, 2017)

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