The Brain Science Behind Anxiety
The amygdala, a part of the brain near the hippocampus, is responsible for emotional responses like fear and anxiety. When it senses danger, it triggers a “freeze” reaction and releases stress hormones, making us feel anxious. Some people get stuck in this state, panicking when faced with the same situation repeatedly. Medications may help, but they don’t solve the underlying problem. One potential treatment involves using light to unconsciously train the amygdala to react differently. Research shows this method may reduce the intensity of emotional reactions and disturbing memories. If we can adjust how the amygdala responds, it may help people start overcoming anxiety.
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