Stress Plays a Key Role in Anxiety
Genetics, brain chemistry, personality and life events play a role in the development of anxiety disorders, but stress is 1 of the the Key triggers.
Anxiety is a normal response to stress, but in some people the anxiety becomes overwhelming and difficult to cope with.
The National Institute of Mental Health explains how the human brain reacts to stress, and how the anxiety response is triggered:“Several parts of the brain are key actors in the production of fear and anxiety … scientists have discovered that the amygdala and the hippocampus play significant roles in most anxiety disorders.
The amygdala … is believed to be a communications hub between the parts of the brain that process incoming sensory signals and the parts that interpret these signals. It can alert the rest of the brain that a threat is present and trigger a fear or anxiety response.
The emotional memories stored in the central part of the amygdala may play a role in anxiety disorders involving very distinct fears, such as fears of dogs, spiders or flying. The hippocampus is the part of the brain that encodes threatening events into memories.”
Aside from the hippocampus and amygdala, the thalamus is also involved in anxiety.
The stria terminalis is a fibrous band that runs along the lateral margin of the thalamus, and all of these brain areas are involved in the generation and processing of fear and are well-established parts of the “anxiety circuitry” in the brain.
As noted in the featured monkey study, connectivity between your amygdala and stria terminalis may be inherited from one’s parents, and if you have this predisposition, then stress may be the proverbial straw that breaks the camel’s back.
Aside from stress, improper breathing, there are a number of other situations and underlying issues can also contribute to anxiety.
This includes but is not limited to the following, and addressing these issues may be what is needed to resolve anxiety disorders:
- Food additives, food dyes, artificial sweeteners, GMOs and glyphosate. Food dyes of particular concern include Blue #1 and #2 food coloring; Green #3; Orange B; Red #3 and #40; Yellow #5 and #6; and the preservative sodium benzoate
- Gut dysfunction caused by imbalanced microflora. This is often a result of eating too much sugar and junk food
- Lack of magnesium, vitamin D, B vitamins and/or animal-based omega-3. Research has shown a 20% reduction in anxiety among medical students taking omega-3s
- Exposure to toxic mold and other toxins.
So, get restorative sleep. Poor sleep is strongly associated with an increased risk of depression and anxiety, and…
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