A person may feel or be described as acting a bit “nuts” if they appear hypersensitive and quite over-reactive to seemingly benign, trivial, harmless, or even comical events that make most others laugh and feel good about themselves. At the root of this “nuts” feeling or personality description is a part of the brain that is shaped like an almond, coincidentally. This part of the brain is the “fear and stress center” of the limbic system (“emotional brain”) that is named the amygdala, which is derived from the word “almond” due to the shape of the main part of it.
The amygdala is defined as “the primitive part of the brain which regulates fear and aggression.” It plays an important role in our day-to-day survival while also being akin to the main “fire starter” for our “fight or flight response” to a potentially dangerous situation such as a giant brown bear chasing us in the forest. This short-term adrenaline rush may help a person run faster than they’ve ever run in their life in order to flee to safety from the truly deadly bear.
However, when an amygdala and / or adrenal glands are “zapped” along with an overstressed Autonomic Nervous System, then our mind may “see” fear in more and more places and situations. The person may dissociate, or disconnect from self and others, or act like they’re empty inside with a “deer in the headlights” fearful look in their eyes once triggered. It’s at this point that a person rarely trusts others around them, especially the people closest to them in their life such as a spouse, parent, child, or even best friend. As a result, the person will likely isolate themselves more and more from social gatherings and work, and may eventually rarely leave their home due to worsening agoraphobia (or “fear of public places”) behaviors.
As of 2015, the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) published a report which estimated that upwards of 40 million American adults (or 18.1% of the population) between the ages of 18 to 54 suffered from some type of Anxiety Disorder. For some reason, the NIMH didn’t report on the older Americans above the age of 55 who are likelier to have more health problems than younger people. Other more current anxiety studies make the claim that the true Anxiety Disorder percentages may be closer to 30% of all Americans today. If 30% population numbers are more true today, then this may equal more than 66 million Americans who are battling with significant anxiety issues.
Why have anxiety traits absolutely skyrocketed over the past few decades? Let’s explore some potential reasons below as well as possible solutions.
A Smaller Amygdala = An Overactive and Highly Reactive Response
People with severe anxiety issues may have a smaller amygdala region that’s more susceptible to stressful situations or seemingly harmless events. Brain scans have shown that people with personality disorder-type of health challenges are likelier to have much smaller amygdala regions (there are two separate amygdala regions in the brain) and may have undergone atrophy, decline, or the wasting away due to the degeneration of cells. A smaller amygdala region usually is much more overactive than a healthy-sized amygdala region. If so, it can make the person much more fearful, controlling, isolated, and disconnected from others.
The emotional control center of the brain, once again, is the limbic system. It’s here in this region of the brain where emotional illness, traumatic memories, and neural circuitry combine and unite in one location. The limbic system is a very complex set of brain structures located on both sides of the thalamus, which is just under the cerebrum. Within the limbic system, the most vital brain structures include the hypothalamus, the hippocampus, and the amygdala. A person’s emotions and key memories are usually stored somewhere within the limbic system.
Key point: Young children who grew up in abusive homes (emotional, physical, and / or sexual) with or without parents who had severe anger and addiction problems may grow up with a smaller amygdala region. Children who had parents that made them feel unworthy or unlovable may doubt that others love them during their childhood, much later into their adult years, or even for the rest of their life. The trauma of being separated from one or both parents for several years due to High Conflict Divorce and Hostile Aggressive Parenting situations may make the child’s amygdala region smaller as well which, in turn, may make them more susceptible and at risk for having Parental Alienation perceptions (or they are mad at one or both parents for unjustified reasons and will not communicate with them). If so, it may make them more hypersensitive to stress, fearful, and anxious as well as are likely to have their own serious relationship conflicts as adults up until they are ready to find some assistance for their overwhelming fearful emotions and years or decades of negative subliminal programming.
The word “hippocampus” is Latin for “seahorse” partly since it’s a pair of horseshoe-shaped tubes located in both the left and right hemisphere of the brain. The hippocampus is also described as being made up of two “horns” (one can imagine a fearful “devilish” reaction) that curve back from the almond-shaped amygdala. This hippocampus perceives events, via the visual cortex, prior to deciding the most correct emotional response such as whether to “flight” or “fight” (both options are fearful). Most often, the person with a damaged hippocampus and / or amygdala will probably choose a fearful reaction instead of a more positive and loving one that helps them stay connected to others around them instead of dividing and isolating them.
A person with a damaged hippocampus region, or other parts of the limbic system, may likely have very poor memory skills. This anxious person might remember past experiences with family, friends, or co-workers significantly differently even if there were 10 other people there who completely disagreed with the negative experiences which they all remembered as quite positive. It’s here that “in the moment” memories in real-time or short-term memory are converted into long-term memory.
For people with perceived or formally diagnosed personality disorder or anxiety traits, the hippocampus is in a continued fearful state of hyperarousal as seen with PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder) traits. As a result, the person may see “threats” everywhere either right at the moment or potentially in the “near future” from a loving family member or friend. These same brain perceptions are relayed from the hippocampus to the amygdala before setting off the “trigger” alarm, releasing a much higher production of cortisol (a natural chemical released by the body when stressed), and the person flees in a “flight or fight” response as if they were being chased by a bear.
Various medical studies have found that people with personality disorder traits will probably have much higher levels of cortisol in their bloodstream. This is partly why they can rarely sleep soundly, relax with friends and family, laugh along with others, or really enjoy life as much as their friends and family. What is incredibly bizarre about this health condition is that the stressed person may actually believe that their family or friends are the primary cause for their stress and fear as if the negative emotions originated from them instead of inside the fearful person, so these anxious people will distance themselves from others who were once close to them.
The UK’s Charles Linden has some very informative videos and affordable courses that can be used from the comfort of your own home available through his website (www.panic-anxiety.com) to help positively reset or boost one’s amygdala region. Mr. Linden and his associates address how a shocked amygdala is truly the root cause of anxiety and the perception of living in a fearful world. On their website, they make the claim that they’ve helped over 270,000 people worldwide with their emotional health challenges.
To learn more, please watch one of Charles Linden’s videos below:
Charles Linden teaching the cause of anxiety attacks (4:50 minutes)
Gaslighting, Distorted Perceptions, and Medical Reasons Why
A person with a damaged limbic system region may feel 100% certain that a past positive event with a spouse, other family member, or friend was “really negative, scary, or potentially harmful” to the fearful person. As a result, they may tell others that the other person or people tried to hurt them. This may later result in broken relationships, or more serious abuse charges against the innocent family member or friend.
These incredibly differing perspectives can be described as a form of gaslighting where a person either unintentionally or intentionally tells another person that their own memories are completely wrong and that they are “crazy” or “delusional” even if that same person has several witnesses by their side who watched the entire situation from start to finish. Many times, the person is almost 100% convinced that their false memories are true, regardless of how many facts or evidence are shown to them to prove otherwise. This is especially true if a woman has Borderline Personality Disorder and / or Paranoid Personality Disorder types of anxiety traits or even worse Schizophrenia traits.
Controlling males with perceived Narcissist Personality Disorder (or High Conflict Personality) traits, on the other hand, may intentionally try to gaslight their wife, ex-wife, children, or others into truly believing that maybe they are “crazy” or have “poor memories” themselves due to the controlling male’s devious tricks to isolate, divide, and weaken them while also making them much more fearful so that the other person is easier to control and manipulate. In Hostile Aggressive Parenting situations, this is very common for controlling males to use these gaslighting tactics to control the other parent, the shared assets, and the children, especially.
“Baseless or excessive suspicion of the motives of others.”
Perhaps, the best film made to date on Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) traits is entitled Back from the Edge. The 48-minute film was produced by the New York Presbyterian Hospital. Specifically, the portion of the film that covers how a damaged amygdala region and typically a concurrent underactive prefrontal cortex region (“high order thinking” originates here that is used to calm us down while not being too hypersensitive to outside stimulants) can adversely affect people is included within the 34:24 to 38:14 minute mark of this brilliant film below:
Back from the Edge
Within this medical study entitled Amygdala Functional Connectivity in Young Women with Borderline Personality Disorder below, the authors made the following conclusions:
“We have identified abnormal functional connectivity of the amygdala in young women with BPD and have observed that the pattern of abnormalities varies with emotional context in which connectivity is measured.”
This medical research study published By NCBI (National Center for Biotechnology Information) entitled Neuroimaging and genetics of borderline personality disorder: a review offered their following summary about BPD:
“PET (Positron Emission Tomography) studies have demonstrated that BPD patients show relatively low metabolism in the dorsolateral frontal cortex, anterior cingulate cortex, basal ganglia, thalamus, right-sided ventromedial temporal cortex, left-sided medial parietal/posterior cingulate cortex, hippocampus and left cuneus. Other studies have shown hypermetabolism in the anterior cingulate gyrus, superior frontal gyrus, right inferior frontal gyrus and opercular part of the right precentral gyrus. PET studies have further shown hyperactivation of the bilateral dorsolateral prefrontal cortex and right cuneus and decreased activation in the medial prefrontal cortex in BPD patients who were presented with scripts of abandonment. These data suggest that, in BPD patients, areas of the brain that are used to regulate and control emotion are hypometabolic and that activation of limbic areas, when it occurs, is excessive. This might reflect a failure of rational thought to control emotional thought, leading to the emotional instability that is characteristic of BPD.
MRI studies have demonstrated that people with BPD have reduced volume in the frontal lobe, bilateral hippocampus, bilateral amygdala (a reduced volume that has not always been replicated in MRI studies), left orbitofrontal cortex, right anterior cingulate cortex, and right parietal cortex and increased putamen volume…”
Parasites, Viruses, Bacteria, and the Amygdala
As noted in one of the past blogs for this website entitled How Parasites, Viruses, and Mold Damage and Disconnect People, this excerpt from the same blog notes how Toxoplasma Gondii parasites that may infect upwards of 50% of the global population can directly impact the amygdala:
“Toxoplasma Gondii creates microscopic cysts (typically benign or non-cancerous) near our amygdala [“fear and stress center” of the Limbic System (“Emotional Brain”)] prior to zapping or shocking our amygdala. Once zapped every so often, the reactions in people are somewhat equivalent to “lack of impulse control behavior” (i.e., overwhelming anger, pathological jealousy, road rage, excessive spending, problematic gambling activities, addictions to booze and drugs, an excessive need to control others closest to them, and suicidal thoughts) and / or seizures. Some doctors describe these behaviors as akin to mini-seizures from the Toxoplasma Gondii infections.”
A Toxoplasma Gondii infection can be sexually transmitted between two parents. Additionally, it can be passed from the mother’s womb to the children at birth. As such, each main family member may be infected and have different reactions or symptoms based upon the overall strength of their immune system. It’s only when a person’s immune system begins to weaken that the negative traits may appear. Or, it can be the literal “flea in the family tree” that causes family members to share similar fearful, anxious, and controlling traits.
Self and Relationship Destructive Behaviors: People with perceived or formally diagnosed personality disorder traits are claimed to have the highest suicide rates in the world with upwards of 10% of them acting killing themselves while a much higher percentage amount think about it or try it. Two of the main symptoms related to a Toxoplasma Gondii infection are “suicidal tendencies” and “self and relationship destructive behaviors” due to significant lack of impulse control behaviors, so this is another reason why personality disorders and Toxoplasma Gondii infections are tied to one another. Never forget that a “personality disorder” is a “relationship disorder” at the true core, and that a person cannot treat others around them any better than they treat themselves.
Key point: Please note that it’s claimed by many people that Western Medicine is notorious for reporting “false negatives” for Toxoplasma Gondii infections (or the person is really infected, but the reports come back as “negative” or “not infected”). It’s alleged that antibiotics can increase the parasite infections because they literally feed off of the antibiotics and multiply along with feeding off of people’s B Vitamins and Melatonin. Diminished levels of B Vitamins and Melatonin may cause anxiety, depression, insomnia, chronic fatigue, and pain. If you discover the true root cause for your health challenges, then you’re much likelier to find the cure on your own without Big Pharma’s assistance.
People may wish to consider reaching out to local natural health doctors who specialize in testing for Toxoplasma Gondii and other types of parasite and virus infections. If one family member is infected, then statistically the odds are fairly high that other immediate family members are infected too. If so, it could be positively used as the main excuse for the family dysfunction prior to bringing the family back together as they all heal as one. The “blamers” (“to blame is to b-lame”) in your life may now have a new object of blame instead of you for their fearful feelings.
To learn more about common symptoms for Toxoplasma Gondii infections and natural cure options, this is an exceptional website based in the UK:
“Toxoplasmosis symptoms and signs
- Generally feeling unwell.
- Inflammation of the brain (encephalitis).
- Inflammation of the eye, for example, macular oedema on the retina (at the back of the eye).
- Inflammation of the heart muscle.
- Inflammation of the lungs.
- Muscle aches and pains.
- Nerve damage.
- Paranoia and schizophrenia.
- Personality changes.
- Poor coordination.
- Swollen lymph glands, especially around the neck.
- Tiredness and disturbed sleep patterns.
Nature Cures – Toxoplasmosis
Smartphones and Brain Cysts: Smartphones, just like a Toxoplasma Gondii infection, can create cysts, modify the shape, and / or damage the amygdala or hippocampus regions in other ways due to the wireless frequencies. If a cyst already exists from a parasite infection, then the smartphone can worsen the symptoms from the cyst or tumor. If so, it can dramatically impact the personality of the smartphone user.
The bell sounds on our smartphones can cause severe anxiety, insomnia, and depression whether we hear “too many” or “not enough” smartphone sounds from texts, social media responses, or emails. In many ways, it’s like how the old Pavlov’s Dog or Pavlov’s Bell study found that dogs would salivate when they would hear the sound of a bell, regardless of whether food was served along with the bell sound. In other ways, it’s like a digital “fight or flight” response that’s generated when more cortisol is released from our Autonomic Nervous System each time that we hear the smartphone sounds that can eventually zap our energy levels as well as create increased anxiety. The lack of digital responses can set off abandonment trigger sounds in people’s minds that can lead to depression, anxiety, and insomnia.
Examples of a Damaged Limbic System and Fearful Responses
1. A man (Driver #1) drives towards an empty parking space at the mall while not seeing at first the other car driver (Driver #2) ahead of him patiently waiting his turn to pull into the same parking spot during a busy holiday shopping season. Instead of realizing that Driver #2 had the right to pull into the parking spot, Driver #1 starts screaming at Driver #2 before ramming into the other car as well as jumping out of the car to physically attack the innocent Driver #2.
2. A young woman sees a meme or bad pun somewhere on social media that was posted by one of her friends. The person who posted the meme had over 500 friends, and had intended it as a harmless joke that wasn’t directed at anyone. The young woman immediately gets furious, screams, deletes the friend from her social media account, blocks all other digital or phone contact options by way of “ghosting” her friend as well as giving her the dreaded Silent Treatment in person, and never talks to her again because the young woman thought that there was some hidden meaning that was directed at her. The same woman later thinks about committing suicide over the harmless meme because she feels that “nobody likes her” and that “everybody is out to get her.”
3. A woman says “Hi” to an old friend from college on the streets while walking with her controlling and pathologically jealous husband. Even if the woman barely knew the man from college as far back as 10 years ago, her controlling husband thinks that his wife is romantically involved with the old friend on the street. As a result, the man starts scheming to secretly grab and hide their shared assets prior to filing for divorce with the intent to run off with the children as well due to his overwhelming “abandonment trigger” bell sound that went off in his damaged amygdala region. This is just the start of a horrific Hostile Aggressive Parenting strategy that may later lead to Parental Alienation perceptions in the children against the loving Mom.
Potential Healing Solutions
Please check with your own trusted medical or health advisors before attempting any new strategy to improve your health. This is especially true if you are taking prescription medicines.
As noted in an earlier blog about harmful parasites and viruses, here are some popular natural health options to flush out harmful parasites, viruses, and damaging toxins like aluminum and mercury:
* Raw Organic Garlic
* Olive Leaf
* Black Walnut
* Organic Cloves
* Oregano Oil
* Colloidal Silver
* Nascent Iodine*
* Omega III Fatty Acids
* Diatomaceous Earth
* Activated Charcoal
* Organic Cilantro + Chlorella
* Iodine is a natural disinfectant for the human body that helps to flush out harmful viruses and parasites as well as is the main “fuel” for a healthy thyroid, adrenals, brain, and other parts of the body. Women are 1,000% more likely than men to have an underactive thyroid (“hypothyroidism”) because the female hormone called estrogen blocks the complete absorption of iodine. Iodine, a positive Halogen, is also a neutralizing chemical element to the negative Halogens named fluorine, chlorine, and bromine. To learn more, this is an exceptional video about the healing benefits of iodine:
Dr. David Brownstein talks about the importance of iodine
PEMF (Pulsed Electromagnetic Field) Frequency Boosters
Dating back to the old Royal Rife frequency zappers that targeted, zapped, and flushed out harmful viruses and parasites that were the root cause of serious health problems, the more modern-day PEMF may be able to flush out harmful viruses, cysts near the amygdala, and other toxins that may worsen anxiety behaviors. Additionally, PEMF is used around the world to quickly help people regenerate cells in their body and brains prior to boosting their overall immune system.
Some natural health doctors charge as little as $25 per session in the states for their PEMF therapy treatments. The treatments are usually described as “pain-free” and very easy to do. In fact, PEMF is perhaps best known for reducing or eliminating physical and / or emotional pain. There are a number of people who have emphatically said in their interviews posted online that they felt much better after just one or a few treatments with absolutely no negative side effects.
Numerous clinical studies have published the following reports about PEMF treatments that are used by professional athletes as well for damaged bone, muscle, and tendon injuries:
“…studies have found low-energy emission therapy to be effective in the treatment of chronic insomnia, and suggests that it may also be of value for patients suffering from generalized anxiety disorders.”
“Today (2002) we are at a threshold for the acceptance of electromagnetic therapy as a clinically accepted form of therapy for such diverse diseases as unipolar depression, Parkinson’s disease, and sleep disorders and the treatment of debilitating chronic and acute pain.”
To learn more about the many benefits of PEMF, please watch this interesting 3+ minute animated video:
The Science behind Pulsed ElectroMagnetic Field (PEMF) Therapy – How it Works
Linked here is a Facebook group page about the many different types of healing benefits associated with PEMF therapy methods:
For every negative action in life, there can be a positive reaction to neutralize it whether it be an improved diet, exercise, music, forgiveness, healing instead of harmful frequencies, or some other option. Once you find the cause, then you find the cure! Focus on the potential solutions to any health and / or relationship challenge rather than the obstacles standing in your way.