Two Minutes on Anxiety, The Brain, and Meditation

Two Minutes on Anxiety, The Brain, and Meditation


hi it’s Angela and this video is on
anxiety and the parts of the brain that are being activated when we’re anxious
and also why we stress things like meditation and use techniques like
cognitive behavioral therapy to treat anxiety so to start off with when we
look at the brain the occipital lobe is in charge of our sight and the temporal
lobe is in charge of sound and so the limbic system which is back here in the
primitive part of our brain that’s in charge of our emotions and part of the
limbic system is something called the amygdala so the amygdala is our fear
center part of the brain and that was developed biologically as a survival
mechanism so that’s when we go into our fight flight or freeze response and when
we feel threatened everything else shuts down and this amygdala is highly
activated to protect us so the other part of the brain that’s important to
think about is our hippocampus that’s also part of the limbic system and that
is our memory center of the brain so whenever we are in a state where we’re
panicked based on something that’s happened in the past that’s what’s being
activated there so when we’re looking at meditation and cognitive behavioral
therapy what we’re doing is we’re actually trying to activate the
prefrontal cortex which is in the front of the brain and that is more developed
and it’s more of our executive functioning where we can think through
things where we give meaning to experiences and so when we’re dealing
with meditation and cognitive behavioral therapy what we’re doing is we’re trying
to retrain the brain when it comes to giving meaning to specific data or
external stimuli or things that are happening around us so I hope that this
is helpful and let me know if you have questions and I’ll see you guys next
time

2 comments

  1. I think this is great and helps people understand Anxiety much better. I get tired of people saying, "Just stop being anxious" lol.

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