In anxiety disorders, such as posttraumatic stress disorders and phobias, classical conditioning pairs natural (unconditioned) fear-eliciting stimuli with contextual or discrete cues resulting in enduring fear responses to multiple stimuli. Extinction is an active learning process that results in a reduction of conditioned fear responses after conditioned stimuli are no longer paired with unconditioned stimuli. Fear extinction often produces incomplete effects and this highlights the relative permanence of bonds between conditioned stimuli and conditioned fear responses.
Anxiety disorders are highly prevalent and debilitating psychiatric disorders. Owing to the complex aetiology of anxiety disorders, translational studies involving multiple approaches, including human and animal genetics, molecular, endocrinological and imaging studies, are needed to get a converging picture of function or dysfunction of anxiety-related circuits.
Pathological fear and anxiety are highly debilitating and, despite considerable advances in psychotherapy and pharmacotherapy they remain insufficiently treated in many patients with PTSD, phobias, panic and other anxiety disorders.
OBJECTIVE: Most research on the effects of severe psychological stress has focused on stress-related psychopathology. Here, the author develops psychobiological models of resilience to extreme stress. METHOD: An integrative model of resilience and vulnerability that encompasses the neurochemical response patterns to acute stress and the neural mechanisms mediating reward, fear conditioning and extinction, and social behavior is proposed.
Zhurnal Vysshe? Nervno? Deiatelnosti Imeni I P Pavlova
Influence of "animal hypnosis" on the process of development of motor polarization dominant created by the action of DC anode on the cortical sensorimotor area was studied in rabbits. It was shown that "animal hypnosis" induced at the dominant optimum elicited long-term (up to 2-4 days) inhibition of motor reaction of the "dominant" limb to sensory test stimuli.
The influence of the state of "animal hypnosis" in rabbits on the course and preservation of the motor polarizational dominant created by the action of a direct current anode on the region of the sensorimotor cortex was investigated. The mechanogram of both forelimbs was recorded. It was demonstrated that the state of "animal hypnosis" induced against the background of the optimum of the dominant inhibits the motor reaction of the "dominant" limb to sensory test stimuli. This inhibition is maintained for a long time, up to two to four days.
Improved efficacy in the treatment of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other anxiety disorders is urgently needed. Traditional anxiety treatments of hypnosis and psychodynamic therapy may be of some help, but uncontrolled studies lead to inconclusive results on the efficacy of these treatment techniques. There is a larger literature supporting the efficacy of cognitive-behavioral procedures with PTSD, including prolonged exposure therapy, eye movement desensitization and reprocessing, and anxiety management techniques.