Where Anxiety Lives in the Brain

AnxietyAnxiety is common for one in five people. Thanks to a mouse study, researchers may be on the trail to identify where in the brain the neurons responsible for anxiety are housed. This new finding may help better treat the socially arresting condition.

According to this study, mice become extra anxious when they’re led to open spaces. This was how scientists discovered the regions in the brain where neurons that house anxiety live. When silencing the anxiety neurons, the mice because brave and courageously conquered the open spaces.

This discovery may lead to more effective ways to treat anxiety in nearly 20% of the population. Common underlying causes of anxiety are panic disorder, overuse of caffeine or amphetamines, or stress disorder. This is not an all-inclusive list but it helps to identify the underlying cause, if possible.

All people aboard the anxiety train, fear not. Help is on the way. Even though the current study was successful in mice, who’s to say this cannot translate seamlessly to humans? I maintain optimism, hope, and faith it will see its way to the hearts and minds of mankind. While we wait, try to ease your brain at Nuphorin.

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