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ANXIOUS? A healthful approach to feeling GOOD

Photo credit: Tommy McMillion, meme agency
Photo credit: Tommy McMillion, meme agency

 

Feeling hot, wobbliness in legs and tingling all over sounds like love at first sight.

Actually, NO, the symptoms are signs of a mood disorder, known as Generalized Anxiety. The symptoms above also combine with excessive worry, FEAR of the worst thing happening and the inability to concentrate.

Currently, in clinical trials pharmaceutical companies are FDA testing a chemical neurotransmitter known as glutamate as a cure for persistent depression and affective mood disorders. However, to gain presence in the market place a drug needs to be superior to a placebo. “A placebo is a substance or other kind of treatment that looks just like a regular treatment or medicine, but it’s not. It’s actually an inactive “look-alike” treatment or substance. This means it’s not a medicine.” Read more about that here

Stimulating Glutamate receptors has emerged as an attractive approach to healing. The results of the MARIGOLD Study : Patients with Major Depressive Disorder and an Inadequate Response to Ongoing Antidepressant Therapy have not been published yet.Screenshot 2014-04-17 03.15.19

However, the mental task of meditation has been studied by the University of Pennsylvania through Nuclear Brain Imaging.

During the study, researchers injected the arms of Buddhist Tibetan meditators with cerebral blood flow tracers and discovered Glutamate, GABA and serotonin were dramatically elevated. Meditation (defined as the task of focusing ones intent) demonstrated changes in cognition, sensory perception, and an increase in affect hormones.

The study is another in a long line of proof that we are capable of healing ourselves.Screenshot 2014-04-17 03.15.36

To further explore the human body’s ability to heal itself, read up on the Endorphins Mind Body system – available in the CULTURS shop.

 

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10 comments

  1. Meditation is a wonderful form of healing and an effective tool in dealing with anxiety and worries. It’s like cognitive behavioral therapy teaching you how to get to rid of negative thoughts.

  2. Meditation is a wondrful form of healing. It’s like cognitive behavioral therapy teachg you how to rid yourself of negitive thoughts.

    1. Great article and good way to talk about such a heavy common topic!

  3. I recently had the good fortune of reading your article regarding anxiety and meditation. It was well-written and sound. In fact, many people will benefit from this article . You pointed out several things including the advantages of the body`s ability to heal itself. I look forward to reading your next informative work. Thank you.

    Sylvester Nwedo MD

  4. Great article! My good friend who’s aware of some of the struggles I have pointed out this article to me and I was surprised at how much it mirrored my own philosophies. Thank you Yvette for shining some new light on an old history. I can wait to read more both on my own and from you. Thank!

  5. I am not surprised by the results of the study at the University of Pennsylvania.  Presently I am working with clients who have found their use of meditation reduces their anxiety.  It also gives them a feeling of empowerment over their anxiety. 

  6. This article was great! Meditation has always been my key to anxiousness.

  7. I’ve never been a big fan of using medication to treat this kind of stuff, so it’s good to see that there is work being done to see how we can overcome our own issues without thinking medication is the only way. 

  8. Great article! Shows that anxiety doesn’t always need to be medicated for a person to control it!

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