Anxiety -New Ground Breaking ResearchApril 21,
Plus a Few Tried and True Ideas for Fending Off Anxiety
Robert D. Hawkins
Anxiety is our natural fight or flight mechanism. When anxiety occurs a signal is sent by the brain to
the adrenal glands to produce the hormones adrenaline and noradrenalin. This causes the body to go on high alert
which oftentimes only last for a matter of seconds or minutes.
When anxiety occurs digestion slows, pupils dilate, blood flow increases, and we become singularly focused on the
threat. Anxiety in itself is not necessarily considered to be a bad thing unless it lasts for too long, is too
intense, or occurs too frequently.
In fact this natural response mechanism we call anxiety generally helps us accomplish tasks a little faster and
more efficiently than normal. For example getting ready for work when we are running a little late or finish that
important project just before the deadline.
That said, sometimes anxiety crosses the line into what are known as anxiety disorders which can range from mild to
the severe and are the most common types of psychiatric illness affecting one out of every four people at some
point during their lifetime. Examples of anxiety disorders are generalized anxiety disorder, phobias, obsessive
compulsive disorder, and post traumatic stress disorder.
But research partially supported in part by the National Institute of Mental Health may be on the verge of
discovering how to turn problem anxiety and/or fear off. This research is so futuristic it boggles the mind and
uses the unlikely combination of light, genetics, and a virus to turn on and off pathways in the anxiety producing
part of the brain known as the amygdala
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