Anxiety and the Brain, Part 6: Circuitry

Circuitry is the connection between neurons, the basic building blocks of the brain, that we explored previously. “Neurons that fire together wire together” – Carla Shatz We learnt that neurons FIRE, which is where a positive charge travels from the receiving dendrites of the neuron, through the cell body, all the way to the axonContinue reading “Anxiety and the Brain, Part 6: Circuitry”

Anxiety and the Brain, Part 5: Neurons.

Previously we have explored the parts of the brain where anxious thoughts are created and processed into physical responses; we have also seen the different anxiety pathways, but to understand how all this works, we need to understand the chemical processes that occur. The brain is made up of billions of connected cells that formContinue reading “Anxiety and the Brain, Part 5: Neurons.”

Anxiety and the Brain, Part 4: The Amygdala Pathway

The Amygdala is a tiny piece of the brain, but don’t let it’s size fool you, it is actually one of the biggest, most important pieces of the anxiety puzzle. Located near the centre of the brain; it is the source of many of our emotional reactions, both positive and negative. It also forms andContinue reading “Anxiety and the Brain, Part 4: The Amygdala Pathway”

Anxiety and the Brain, Part 3: The Cortex Pathway

In part 2 of this series we looked at the basics of how anxiety is created in the brain, and highlighted the two main parts of the brain that cause anxiety and the physical responses we experience when feeling anxious. In parts 3 and 4 we will look at the two key parts or pathwaysContinue reading “Anxiety and the Brain, Part 3: The Cortex Pathway”

Anxiety and the Brain, Part 2: Introducing the Cortex and the Amygdala

Trying to get your head around anxiety is really difficult; in some cases it can be a complete mystery to both those suffering, and to those seeing someone suffer. As I have mentioned in previous articles anxiety does not always make sense, but after reading the next few articles on Anxiety and the Brain, thingsContinue reading “Anxiety and the Brain, Part 2: Introducing the Cortex and the Amygdala”