I Hate Anxiety Podcast

Larry Quicksall (host) is a mental health therapist with 30 years experience in the mental health field. Larry has been specializing in treating anxiety disorders over the past decade, and he shares what he has learned about anxiety and how to help you help yourself reduce or eliminate the anxiety in your life.

Ep008 - The Prefrontal Cortex and the Amygdala


In this episode of the podcast Larry Quicksall answers a question from Beth: "How come I can know something can't hurt me, but I feel all scared in my body.  I tell myself it's OK, but my body always wins the argument."  Larry answers this question by explaining the relationship between two structures in the brain: the Prefrontal Cortex (PFC) and the Amygdala.  The PFC is where we use logic to rationally look at a situation to determine if it is dangerous or not.  The Amygdala uses experiential learning to remember what is dangerous and then launches the Sympathetic Nervous System (our fight or flight response) to give us the abilities to survive a life threatening situation.  Larry explains how these two structures can work in harmony and against each other.

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Filetype: MP3 - Size: 8.94MB - Duration: 13:01 m (96 kbps 44100 Hz)