Anxiety & The Brain, Part 10: Neurotransmitters.

Have you ever wondered what controls our mood?  What makes us feel happy, sad, or afraid? The answer is chemical messengers called NEUROTRANSMITTERS; they are key players in helping to understand anxiety, and the physical reactions associated with it. As we learnt in my blog Anxiety & The Brain, Part 5, the brain is madeContinue reading “Anxiety & The Brain, Part 10: Neurotransmitters.”

Why Now May be a Good Time to Start Meditating.

Being in a prolonged period of stress and fear is exhausting, and it will be having a massive impact on your mental and physical well-being. An 8 year study of 68,222 adults (published in the British Medical Journal) found that even mild anxiety produces a 20% greater risk of death. Research also shows that negativeContinue reading “Why Now May be a Good Time to Start Meditating.”

Anxiety and the Brain, Part 9: Useful Examples of Amygdala-based Anxiety.

The book I have been referencing for the Anxiety and the Brain series (Rewire Your Anxious Brain) has some examples of how anxiety can affect someone, and why amygdala-based anxiety does not always make logical sense. The Anxious Teddy Bear: A lady was presenting a teddy bear to her grandson, who was running happily towardContinue reading “Anxiety and the Brain, Part 9: Useful Examples of Amygdala-based Anxiety.”

Anxiety and the Brain, Part 8: Learning from Experience.

“The amygdala is not logical.” Trying to alleviate anxiety, panic, worry and avoidance of triggers with reasoned thought and rational arguments is never going to work.  Those close to you will always try to help by offering logical reasons for what is going on with you; unfortunately they have not experienced what you have, soContinue reading “Anxiety and the Brain, Part 8: Learning from Experience.”

Anxiety and the Brain, Part 7: Learning the Language of the Amygdala.

We now know that the amygdala is a big player when it comes to anxiety, but how do you understand something that you have no control over? If you want to understand someone who is speaking a foreign language, you learn the language or find a way to communicate, otherwise you won’t have a clueContinue reading “Anxiety and the Brain, Part 7: Learning the Language of the Amygdala.”