More Anxiety Experts Reveal What They Really Want Everyone to Know About Anxiety
For something so common, anxiety is still massively misunderstood. There are myths and misconceptions about everything from what anxiety disorders look and feel like to what actually helps to treat these illnesses and navigate anxiety. Which is why we asked several anxiety experts to clear things up. Below, you’ll find their illuminating insights. Living with an anxiety disorder can be exceptionally difficult. Many people minimize and trivialize anxiety disorders. For instance, how often have you said or heard someone say “I’m sooo OCD about my desk!” or “I’m really OCD about using hand sanitizer”? Such comments not only misconstrue OCD (cleanliness is just one way that OCD manifests), but they also leave sufferers feeling misunderstood and alone, said Janina Scarlet, Ph.D, a clinical psychologist and author of the book Superhero Therapy: Mindfulness Skills to Help Teens and Young Adults Deal with Anxiety, Depression and Trauma. OCD—and other anxiety disorders—can be debilitating and devastating illnesses. “Individuals with OCD suffer on a daily basis, some completing hours of rituals, while others are paralyzed by intrusive thoughts,” said Scarlet. People with other anxiety disorders also experience “a tremendous amount of distress” day to day. For some of Scarlet’s clients, it can take hours to get out of bed, while others are unable to leave the house (or another space “they deem to b...
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Publication date: Available online 17 February 2019Source: Progress in NeurobiologyAuthor(s): Carlos Silva, Neil McNaughtonAbstractMany see the periaqueductal grey (PAG) as a region responsible for the downstream control of defensive reactions. Here we provide a detailed review of anatomical and functional data on the different parts of the PAG together with the dorsal raphe, which completes the circle of periaqueductal nuclei. Based on anatomical features, we propose a new subdivision of the periaqueductal grey that accounts for the distinct characteristics of the area. We provide a comprehensive functional view of the pe...
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Publication date: Available online 17 February 2019Source: Pharmacology Biochemistry and BehaviorAuthor(s): Ana Lúcia Bertarello Zeni, Anderson Camargo, Ana Paula DalmagroAbstractDepression is a neuropsychiatry medical condition with high prevalence, in which the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis dysfunction has been postulated as the main cause. The glucocorticoids can be harmful to the brain, particularly by induction of oxidative stress and glutamatergic damage, therefore antioxidants or neuroprotective agents could have beneficial effects. Lutein (LUT) is a dietary xanthophyll able to arrive in the brain that ...
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