Social Anxiety Linked To A Serotonin-Related Gene.

In Brain Disorders, Brain Science, Genetics by Brainy Days Ahead

Social anxiety afflicts about one in ten people over the course of their lives. Researchers at the University of Bonn have now found evidence that a gene that encodes a serotonin transporter (a messenger) in the brain may be linked to the illness. The messenger suppresses the feelings of anxiety and depressiveness that are linked to the illness. Researchers are currently seeking to expand their sample of anxiety sufferers to advance their progress in providing relief and form the basis of better diagnosis and treatment procedures in the future.