Psychiatry changes your brain.

In Brain Disorders, Brain Science by Brainy Days Ahead

Researchers from the University of Zurich, Zurich University Hospital and the University Hospital of Psychiatry Zurich find that the successful treatment of an anxiety disorder alters key brain structures that are involved in processing and regulating emotions.  The researchers investigated structural brain changes in patients suffering from social anxiety disorder after a specific ten-week course of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). Using magnetic resonance imaging, the researchers were able to show that structural changes occurred in brain areas linked to self control and emotion regulation. They also demonstrated that brain areas involved in processing emotions were more interconnected after the treatment.