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SPECT zooms in on causes of social anxiety disorder

(PSYCHIATRIC TIMES) - Using brain SPECT, Dutch researchers found abnormalities in the brains of individuals with symptoms of social anxiety disorder, a condition that affects an estimated 15 million adults in the U.S.

Dr. Nic J.A. van der Wee and colleagues at Leiden University used a binding radioactive compound as a tracer to visualize dopamine and serotonin transporters in the brain.

Twelve patients diagnosed with social anxiety disorder and 12 healthy controls underwent the procedure.

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http://www.psychiatrictimes.com/anxiety/article/113619/1339686

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