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What causes anxiety in the brain: A glimpse into Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD)
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May 8, 2022
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What causes anxiety in the brain: A glimpse into Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD)

✨POV✨: The more you know the better it gets to handle this anxiety.
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What happens in the brain during an anxiety episode?  🥶

Experiencing occasional anxiety is pretty standard.
These are warranted anxious thoughts, and they usually go away right after the event.
But for some, anxiety is so intense that it can cause a mental health condition.
It's when there's difficulty concentrating on the here and now and it feels like intense fear looming over something that may or may not happen.

Here's how that happens in the brain region and central nervous system- the ventromedial prefrontal cortex dampens the blow of anxiety and fearful signals coming from the amygdala that amplify upon reaching the frontal lobe.
And when this part runs on fumes, that's when our fear response is triggered and we experience anxiety.
This only shows how impactful our thoughts are - there's an increased risk of even subsequently impacting our physical health.

Generalized anxiety disorders: causes and symptoms  🧐

Generalized anxiety disorder is when we experience severe anxiety and worry that stops us from being able to carry on with regular, everyday chores.
We’re restless, and our anxious thoughts just won't quit. It's when you experience anxiety symptoms or physical conditions like muscle tension, brain fog, and difficulty concentrating - this can indicate a generalized anxiety disorder.
You can say that you experience anxiety almost throughout the day.
If your GAD is brought on by genetic and environmental factors, chances are, even when you have little or no reason to be anxious, you are.

This means that if there's a family history (genetic factors) of anxiety disorders, you could be prone to having one, too.
GAD also makes certain personality traits prone to risk factors like chronic stress hormones and can also manifest as a physical illness like irritable bowel syndrome.

How to manage anxiety  🌻

🧘🏽‍♂️  Meditation/Yoga

It's true what they say - physical activity and a healthy lifestyle can help reduce stress and anxiety. This improves blood circulation, breathing, and overall vitality.
Yoga, meditation, and stretching are great recommendations to keep anxiety at bay, especially before bedtime. It helps release stress-energy and recenter our thoughts.
Fortunately, with being - the world's first of kind self-therapy app, you can make this a routine! These are mini guided sessions designed by mental wellbeing specialists.
To start with, check: I want to make meditation a daily habit.

🧠  Rest

Rest is not the opposite of productivity but the fuel for it.
Regardless of the stress disorder, rest is vital when it comes to calming the brain regions that work to process thoughts and emotions.

Don't shy away from asking for a day off if that's what it takes to boost your mental wellbeing.
Pamper yourself now and then. It can be baking or just catching up with a few friends.
It can also be some alone time, listening to the soothing playlist on being.

👀  Screen detox

In its stead, put on a playlist that can help transition us into sleep.
Or, take a warm bath or shower.
Yup - pamper yourself while you’re at it. Curate your own ~ self-care routine ~ that helps you feel calm.
Or, indulge in that book you started but never got to the ending!

To wrap it up  🥰

If your physical symptoms of anxiety disorders tend to feel too much, causing behavioral inhibition, know that you are in control and these are only signs that some things need healing and resolving.
Anxiety disorders are not synonymous with you or who you can be.
There can be times when you can feel stuck, unable to move in any direction.
Breathe. Things will change! They always eventually do.
In the interim, let being journey with you through this. You can access mini therapies and guided sessions any time and at any place!
You got this!

If you want to know more about anxiety disorders, check: What causes anxiety in the brain? How does it manifest in the mind and body?

Disclaimer

This is not a substitute for therapy. Consult your nearest wellness professionals that have experience with anxious patients, healthcare provider, or professional for behavioral therapy or a treatment plan for your anxiety disorder (social anxiety disorder, panic disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, panic attack/panic attacks) or any mental illness like generalized anxiety disorder or other mental health conditions like major depressive disorder. It's a google search away!

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