Outdated clinical practices are one potential reason for suboptimal treatment outcomes for anxiety, with around 50% of individuals failing to improve after first-line treatment. Despite significant advances in our understanding of how we can most effectively reduce fears based on laboratory and neuroimaging research, improvements and changes to clinical practice have lagged. This project aims to compare ‘traditional methods’ of reducing fear in people with public speaking anxiety to two ‘optimised’ treatment approaches based on updated understandings of the mechanisms of fear reduction. This research is at the cutting edge of translational work in the field and has exciting potential to enhance the way in which we treat anxiety problems.
|Effective start/end date||1/01/19 → 31/12/19|