• Cassidy Campbell

Understanding the Science of Anxiety

We’ve likely all felt that buzzing feeling of anxiety right on the cusp of panic. It’s a feeling that has the power to eat away at our mental and sometimes physical health. By working to better understand what our anxiety is trying to tell us, we can begin to foster both appreciation for and control over our anxieties.

According to the Anxiety & Depression Association of America, there are more than 40 million adults in the United States with diagnosed anxiety disorders, less than 40% of those suffering are being treated, and roughly half of those diagnosed with anxiety disorders are also diagnosed with a form of depression.

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What is Anxiety?

Anxiety essentially stems from the amygdala, our brains’ natural threat detection system. The decision-making of the amygdala triggers the hypothalamus, an important hormonal hub in the brain, to enter fight-or-flight mode. By then, our heart is racing, skin is pale or flushed and muscles are tense. Do we curl up