# Cognitive explanation of why beta blockers are effective for anxiety

Beta blockers essentially reduce physical effects of anxiety and panic disorder, but there is no proof that there is a direct effect on anxiety. Some scientists believe there is an indirect effect.

What is the cognitive explanation of the fact that a reduction in symptoms causes a reduction in anxiety?

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"What is the cognitive explanation of the reduction in symptoms?" or should that be "What is the cognitive explanation of the fact that a reduction in symptoms causes a reduction in anxiety?" –  Ofri Raviv Jan 26 '12 at 14:42
@OfriRaviv I wasn't sure, I'm not familiar with abnormal psych so I wasn't 100% sure of the intent/situation. Your sentence is probably better. –  Ben Brocka Jan 26 '12 at 15:27