Scientists' understanding of anxiety is radically evolving — but how long will it take for treatments to catch up?
If you think we live in anxious times now, the neuroscientist Joseph LeDoux suggests you consider what life must have been like in the Middle Ages. "That was probably a pretty lousy time to live," LeDoux, author of the 2015 book
and one of the foremost experts on the neuroscience of fear, told
. "Disease, poverty and just the stress of life." LeDoux was making a point he also makes in his recent book: Every age thinks it's "the Age of Anxiety."
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