Anxiety: an evolutionary approach.

  title={Anxiety: an evolutionary approach.},
  author={Melissa Bateson and Ben O. Brilot and Daniel Nettle},
  journal={Canadian journal of psychiatry. Revue canadienne de psychiatrie},
  volume={56 12},
Anxiety disorders are among the most common mental illnesses, with huge attendant suffering. Current treatments are not universally effective, suggesting that a deeper understanding of the causes of anxiety is needed. To understand anxiety disorders better, it is first necessary to understand the normal anxiety response. This entails considering its evolutionary function as well as the mechanisms underlying it. We argue that the function of the human anxiety response, and homologues in other… CONTINUE READING
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