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To Understand Anxiety, Start by Understanding the Amygdala
The amygdala is a part of the brain that is the source of many of our emotional reactions—both positive and negative—and it plays an influential role in anxiety. Understanding the amygdala is an important foundation in learning how to change your brain—and reduce anxiety.
Today we’re sharing an excerpt from the audiobook Rewire Your Anxious Brain: How to Use the Neuroscience of Fear to End Anxiety, Panic, and Worry, written by Catherine Pittman, PhD and Elizabeth Karle. This audiobook is a unique, evidence-based solution to overcoming anxiety based in cutting-edge neuroscience and research. You’ll learn how anxiety is created in the brain, as well as the techniques you need to overcome it. Your brain is a powerful tool, and the more you focus on changing the way you respond to fear, the more resilient you’ll become.
What’s in this Episode?
In this excerpt, Dr. Pittman and Ms. Karle provide an understanding of the amygdala and anxiety. Like the conductor of an orchestra, the amygdala controls many different reactions in both your brain and your body. They explain role of the amygdala in creating anxiety in the brain. This understanding is an important step in learning to change your brain and overcome anxiety.
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The good news is, every amygdala is capable of learning and changing. You can learn how to train your amygdala to respond differently.