Teens, anxiety and fear extinction

Sep 28, 2012 by

A new study out of Weill Cornell Medical College has shown that when a threat hits a teen’s brain, they can’t make the fear disappear like adults can. This ability is called fear extinction learning, and researchers believe that teens’ lack of fear extinction learning may be what causes much of the anxiety and stress so often present during the teen years. In fact, one of the researchers said that anxiety disorders tend to spike during or just before adolescence.