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The Anxious Apple Doesn't Tremble Far From The Tree

[ 3 ] August 11, 2010 | Sam McDougle

In a new research article in Nature,  Jonathan Oler and his team show that chronic anxiety is partly heritable. The form of clinical anxiety they studied is termed “Anxious Temperament” (AT), and Olen describes AT as,

“A trait-like phenotype evident early in life that is characterized by increased behavioral and physiological reactivity to mildly threatening stimuli (Olen et al, 2010).”

The researchers studied a large population of rhesus Monkeys (200+); by eliciting anxiety in the monkeys while analyzing their brains using PET scans, they found that “the central nucleus region of the amygdala and the anterior hippocampus are key components of the neural circuit predictive of AT.”  Furthermore, the hippocampal-driven anxiety response was often seen in closely related individuals.  I wonder what Woody Allen’s folks were like…

“Early in life, I was visited by the bluebird of anxiety.”

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      Whenever I have a small anxiety like that I do the “and then what’s the worst thing that could hepapn?” and keep doing it until you get to the “ultimate worst thing” and then you realize there’s nothing to REALLY be nervous about because it’s not a big deal.For example, what’s the WORST thing that could hepapn if you miss a turn? Your time is disqualified? What’s the worst thing that could hepapn if your time is disqualified? You don’t have an official time but you enjoy your time on the course because you’re in the keep it fun mode anyway.HAVE FUNNNNN!

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