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Fear itself: The amygdala is located in both temporal lobes. One of the chief functions is coordination of perception with fearfulness. Damage to the amygdala can have either stimulatory (fear-enhancing) or inhibitory (fear-negating) effects; either of which can be quite impairing. Other aspects of mood and behavior can be affected. Epilepsy is not infrequently a byproduct of amygdalar damage. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Stress feedback loop: The amygdala is part of the limbic system of your brain. The limbic system responds to and regulates emotion; the amygdala assigns emotional "valence" to stimuli. It registers whether stimuli are threatening, leading to fight-flight responses. The adrenal can secrete stress hormones in response to all this, such as epinephrine, norepinephrine, and cortisol. ...Read more
The Amygdala: is that part of brain that focuses on survival triggering such emotions as fear and anger. Rather than concentrating on neuro-anatomy, might be more practical to focus on the source of your anxiety. Anxiety disorders can be treated w/modalities such as psychotherapy and clinical hypnosis, relaxation training, etc. If a professional give you medication, please don't stop there. Peace & health. ...Read more
What is the chemical make up of lariam. What is the specific chemical in this drug that would react with the amygdala?
Mefloquine: Lariam® is mefloquine, an antimalarial drug. It can cause neuropsychiatric side effects like confusion, irrational fear, hallucinations, unusual thoughts or behavior, and others. I'm not a neuroscientist and don't know if any of these are related to the amygdala. Other antimalarial drugs usually can be substituted it. If you have such symptoms, immediately see a doctor experienced in malaria. ...Read more
Is there any way to help heal the amygdala? Or any supplements like Lysine that could help heal the amygdala?
Does anterior cingulate cortex turn off amygdala completely or simply make us unable to see emotions?
Network analysis: Neural networks exist in the brain subserving certain functions, often specific to that network. Anterior cingulate (acc) and amygdala are in one such circuit. Disrupting communications between the two will cause changes in each component. Re-establishment of communications by re-wiring the brain (plasticity) may cause restoration of function but it may be abnormal-hence altered emotionality. ...Read more
Hi doctor theoretically can anxiety be cured by removing the amygdala doing interesting research ?
No: In the brain, everything is connected to everything else. Removing one structure would never be enough. Furthermore, the amygdala is a survival center. You can't live without it. More than just anxiety goes through there. The last part of your question can't be answered because it's ungrammatical which makes its meaning difficult to understand. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Size is not at issue: Proper functioning is more the issue than size. Some efforts have been explored at retraining this 'anxiety switch'. Read this and discuss it w/ your therapist. http://www.articledashboard.com/Article/How-You-Can-Retrain-The-Amygdala-Gland-To-Cure-Obsessive-Compulsive-Disorder/242240 There may be other ideas they'll have. Best! ...Read more
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