M1L2 – Where is Anxiety Experienced?

MODULE 1 : Brief Introduction

 In this module you’re going to learn

  • what anxiety is (and what it isn’t)
  • where it’s experienced
  • what happens when you become anxious
  • When anxiety becomes a problem and
  • Why anxiety won’t go away

In short, Module 1 is all about setting the foundation for a true understanding around what is really causing your anxiety.


Where is it experienced

  • Several parts of the brain are implicated in anxiety signalling
    • the amygdala: one of its’ jobs is helping us to perceive emotions such as anger, fear and sadness. It also helps store memories of situations and feelings in order to help recognize similar events in the future (e.g., if you have been swooped by a magpie, you are likely going to be wary around magpies in the future).
    • Hippocampus one of its’ jobs is to store and retrieve memories and to encode short-term memory into long-term memory. In people with high rates of anxiety, the hippocampus may not be functioning optimally, leading to difficulties in a person’s ability to overcome fear responses. The hippocampus sends signals to other areas of the brain – including the amygdala that has been shown to control anxiety-related behaviour.