When our nervous system is put to work, it seems that all it can do is panic. It does not stop the attack, but only monitors it. Why is this? Is there a real reason for this? It seems that there are a few answers to this question, and understanding them can help bring you some relief from your anxiety.
First off, neurology is the part of the brain which controls the functions of the other parts. There are many areas in the brain which are involved in anxiety. One of these areas is the amygdala, which is located deep in the cerebral cortex. The amygdala is primarily concerned with emotion, fear, and aggression. In fact, it is one of the few areas of the brain which allows us to feel fear, which is why so many fears are instilled into our memory.
Another area of the brain is the locus of control, or MLOC. This is also where many fears originate, and is mostly concerned with achieving the set goal of whatever activity is feared. For anxiety, this would be reaching the state of sleep or falling asleep, or whatever may be our ultimate fear. The amygdala sends signals to the rest of the body, telling them we need to rest or that we need to go to sleep in order to function normally.
Now here comes the interesting part about neurology and anxiety. Anxiety is a natural response to whatever fear is being experienced, but it is not always a fear that need to be dealt with by medication. Sometimes, the neurological problem causing anxiety is actually much worse than the fear itself. In other words, sometimes the problem is not with the anxiety, but with the way in which we deal with it.
One of the ways in which this is done is through the neurotransmitters. Neurotransmitters are chemical messengers that move information from nerve cell to nerve cell. There are three different types of neurotransmitters, namely, serotonin, dopamine and norepinephrine.
Dopamine is the neurotransmitter found in the brain which causes the pleasure center of the brain to work. When there is an abundance of dopamine in the brain, people are able to experience things they otherwise couldn’t do, such as a speeding motor car or the feeling of flying. However, there are people who have a deficiency of dopamine, and thus experience anxiety. Now this condition can be cured by the use of natural methods, but there is still the possibility of it returning again at a later date, so neurology and anxiety should always be treated separately.