I thought this article was FASCINATING! It answers so many questions.http://www.cshl.edu/Article-Li/scientists-discover-a-new-pathway-for-fear-deep-within-the-brain
I've always struggled with various therapists telling me it was my own thinking that was getting me feeling anxious all the time. That hasn't been my experience. yes, sometimes my thinking was making me nervous and anxious and depressed. Other times when I'm in a good mood, or not thinking in a crooked way that would bring anxiety or such; I would just suddenly be thrust into anxiety by an outside circumstance. Nothing I think about. It just happens.
As a matter of fact, I became acutely aware of a level of anxiety that permeated my body - it was with my body ALL THE TIME, and I was wholly unaware of it. It wasn't until I started low dose testosterone therapy that a level of anxiety started melting away, and I became more centered and present in the body. Uncovering other layers of anxiety and mental thought processes.
But at a physiological level, my body changed, and a lot of other things started to change as well.
I think the findings in the article are significant in that they tell a story of how brain/neuron development in early childhood can have life long impacts. These neurons have long pathways from the brain (amygdala/fear center) and direct stimulus receptors throughout the body. Bypassing the thinking brain altogether.
What is the moral of the story? I guess, its to say that becoming present to the body; the body's emotions, sensations, feelings. Seems to be tantamount to a healthy recovery; or a meaningful life.
We survivors are thrust into our heads, trying to comprehend and understand. We became obsessive thinkers, and lost our ability to live through our heart- connected to our bodies, and connected to others on that level. Presence. Emotionally comprehending people's behaviors and motivations, rather than trying to think about them to figure them out.
Hope all that made sense.