Anxiety Disorders by Peggy Parks

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They make me want to run home and hide under the covers but I’m determined to face them at least.  . ”59 Incurable but Treatable Unlike many diseases that can be treated with antibiotics or prevented with vaccinations, the same is not true for anxiety disorders. They are mental, rather than physical illnesses, so they cannot be cured in the traditional sense. As psychologist John M. Grohol writes: Cure is what doctors do for a broken wrist or scurvy. Set the wrist or give the patient a vitamin C shot, and voila!

Through treatment, she has learned about the paralyzing fears that have plagued her for so long. She also understands that she is not yet free of them, and may never be completely free of them. She writes: “Many books and many therapists later I think I have a handle on what handles me. I know what happens to me when I panic, I know why it happens. ”58 Bradshaw acknowledges that even with the progress she has made, she still has a long way to go. She often becomes frustrated, and she says that some days she feels as though she is chasing ghosts.

Together, these experiments showed that certain versions of the RGS2 gene were more common in both children and adults who were assessed as being inhibited or introverted. These versions of the gene were also associated with increased activity of brain regions involved in emotional processing. Jordan Smoller, the study’s lead researcher, explains why this is an important finding: “We found that variations in this gene were associated with shy, inhibited behavior in children, introverted personality in adults, and the reactivity of brain regions involved in processing fear and anxiety.

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