Can anxiety damage the brain?

  title={Can anxiety damage the brain?},
  author={Linda Mah and Claudia Szabuniewicz and Alexandra J. Fiocco},
  journal={Current Opinion in Psychiatry},
Purpose of review Stress exacerbates mental illnesses such as depression but also appears to increase risk of dementia, suggesting a common mechanism for development of stress-induced affective and cognitive impairment. The purpose of this review is to address the question of whether anxiety ‘damages’ the brain, and to identify potential mechanisms for the link between stress and neuropsychiatric illness. Recent findings Anxiety disorders are associated with alterations in fear neurocircuitry… 
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