Tuesday, July 08, 2008

anxiety may be hard wired for some

Hmmm...
Anxiety, Shyness May Be Long-Lasting Traits FRIDAY, July 4 (HealthDay News) -- The brains of people who suffer from anxiety and severe shyness may respond more strongly to stress and show signs of being anxious even in situations considered safe by others, say researchers at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. They studied brain activity, anxious behavior and stress hormones in adolescent rhesus monkeys. Those with the most anxious temperaments showed higher activity in a part of the brain called the amygdala, which regulates emotion and triggers reactions to anxiety. The anxious monkeys had more activity in the amygdala in both secure and threatening situations, the study found. When the monkeys were tested again 18 months later, the results were the same. "The brain machinery underlying the stress response seems to be always on in these individuals, even in situations that others perceive as safe and secure," Dr. Ned Kalin, chairman of the department of psychiatry and HealthEmotions Research Institute, said in a prepared statement. It has long been known that children with an anxious temperament are at increased risk for developing anxiety disorders, depression and substance abuse. The findings indicate a brain mechanism that's present early in life predisposes people to anxious temperament, and that it's difficult for someone with this temperament to be calm because their brain is wired in a way that keeps them tense and anxious. The study was published July 2 in the online journal PLoS One. More information The Center for Mental Health Services has more about anxiety disorders.

6 comments:

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Human body is hard wired and helps individuals to react to certain stressful events. As soon as it perceives stress, the sympathetic nervous system kicks in and then helps to give out ‘fight’ or ‘flight’ response.
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Anonymous said...

This is a crime called "Animal Cruelty". Ned Kalin is sociopath
who abused these innocent monkeys!
This post is disgusting!

Anonymous said...

I agree that Ned Kalin has a runaway ego and an indecent agreement with the drug companies! He is a disgrace to the human race! Karma is coming for old Ned!

Anonymous said...

Dalai Lama Recognizes Cruelty of Wisconsin Primate Center's Ned Kalin


Dr. Kalin has been systematically hurting animals since the very early 1980’s.

His Holiness appreciates your bringing to His attention about work of Dr. Ned Kalin. His Holiness was not aware that Dr. Kalin was involved in conducting tests on animals that were painful and extremely cruel.

His Holiness has always been against such tests on animals. In fact, when His Holiness offered to make a contribution to a research work by Dr. Paul Ekman on the subject of CULTIVATING EMOTIONAL BALANCE. His Holiness specifically pointed out that the research work should not involve experiments on animals.

With best wishes,

Tenzin Geyche Tethong


It gives us hope that even world leaders are capable of compassion and concern for the victims of rampant unbridled curiosity. The triple efforts of the Primate Freedom Project are Education: we must explain what is happening in the labs and what has been learned about the minds and emotions of monkeys and apes. Advocacy: having explained what is happening and who primates are, we must assert that what is being done to them is unethical and immoral. Support: we will offer every assistance and resource available to us in support of others working to end the nightmare of experimentation on monkeys and apes.

A wedge can be forced between two seemingly immovable objects to force them apart.
The trick is to find a purchase for the thin leading edge.

Primate experimentation is the thin leading edge of the wedge of public opinion that will move the animals out of the labs.