Why is Research for Anxiety Disorders so Important?
Research is key to transforming the next generation of treatments for anxiety disorders. Everything we know today about how to diagnose and treat mental health disorders is the result of research studies completed over the past 25 years. Regrettably, not all patients affected by anxiety disorders benefit from current treatments which is why continued research is so important. More information will help us better understand the brain mechanisms that lead to anxiety disorder symptoms, and ultimately to identifying new treatments that target these brain mechanisms.
Historically, the primary funding source for clinical research has been through federal funding, or grants, which have severely declined over the past several years. For this reason, philanthropy has become absolutely critical to launching innovative research projects. The findings through these creative resources can then be used to leverage subsequent federal funding.
Private funding through the generosity of the Youth Anxiety Center’s donors, has been helping to drive the kind of high-risk high-reward research that may change the lives and end the suffering that psychiatric illnesses bring to so many. Without our donors, we would not be making progress both clinically and in the laboratory, yet so much more needs to be done.