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Is This Generalized Anxiety? 

November 6, 2016
This is insanity, truly we are in some trying times, and those who are sensitive may be feeling our political climate on a deeper level. If you struggle with anxiety, my heart is with you today. 
If you are a support person for those who carry the "worry gene" then this is important information for you too.
Let me share a few things I have learned about anxiety from my clients.  
Researchers at Yale have identified a gene mutation for "rumination" -- the kind of chronic worry in which people obsess over negative thoughts. It's a variation of a gene known as BDNF that's active in the hippocampus, an area of the brain involved in thinking and memory.
Your anxiety is not who you are, it's a medical condition. Keep reminding your body/brain that anxiety is a physical thing. Your brain cannot send a signal to itself, over thinking things can escalate the stress on the body. Problem solving overloads the information centers of the brain. 

Identify the trigger:

  • Is this generalized anxiety?
  • s this a threat (danger)?
  • Is this fear (false evidence appearing real)?
When anxiety is at its peak, you may need to go minute by minute until you find what works. Reaching outside of you vs. going deeper into the fear might be a better bet. 
Recognizing this is a genetic condition and using this information in your self-talk may limit the time you find yourself in high distress. Because this will differ from person to person it's important to find something to enjoy while the anxiety runs its natural course.
Anxiety is as individualized as what triggers it, so go slow and be willing to try a few new things, and who knows you just might outsmart this tricky gene.
Until next time,
Suzi Caffreys

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