Anxiety May Lead To Bad Decision-Making

anxiousAccording to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), anxiety disorders affect around 18.1% of the adult population in the US. The anxiety disorders include post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), panic disorder and social anxiety disorders.

Anxiety disorders will not only have emotional implications but they will also affect day to day life. The researchers found that anxiety disorders affected the prefrontal cortex which plays a role in flexible decision making. The result was that decision making was greatly affected leading to the making of numerous mistakes when compared to people without the disorders.

The findings should help researchers to understand how anxiety affects decision making and inform the process of improving treatments available for anxiety disorders.

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