Yes, I think they should be involved because that would provide support for the patient as they get better and make sure they take their medications, so ideally they should be involved from the outset.
It’s probably been linking anxiety with defensive behaviour, meaning we can explain anxiety in terms of dysfunction in brain systems that control threat response. So individuals who have hyperactivity in these defensive systems are the ones who are likely to be more sensitive to threat and therefore experience higher levels of anxiety over their lifespan.
We’re trying to unpick the causes of anxiety. It’s easy to just observe that some people are more anxious but why are they more anxious? And the reason, we think, is that they process threat in a magnified way.
It gives us a new way of indexing treatment response, so carry on with your usual CBT, etcetera, and if that reduces the intensity of defensive behaviour on the task that we use, we can be pretty sure that it’s hitting the right targets.