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Impact of Fear and Anxiety -Article-
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Fear is a human emotion that is triggered by a perceived threat. It is a basic survival mechanism that signals our bodies to respond to danger with a fight or flight response. As such, it is an essential part of keeping us safe.

However, when people live in constant fear, whether from physical dangers in their environment or threats they perceive, they can experience negative impacts in all areas of their lives and even become incapacitated.

How fear works
Fear prepares us to react to danger. Once we sense a potential danger, our body releases hormones that:

Slow or shut down functions not needed for survival (such as our digestive system)
Sharpen functions that might help us survive (such as eyesight). Our heart rate increases, and blood flows to muscles so we can run faster.
Our body also increases the flow of hormones to an area of the brain known as the amygdala to help us focus on the presenting danger and store it in our memory.


Impact of chronic fear
Living under constant threat has serious health consequences.

1.Physical health. Fear weakens our immune system and can cause cardiovascular damage, gastrointestinal problems such as ulcers and irritable bowel syndrome, and decreased fertility. It can lead to accelerated ageing and even premature death.
2.Memory. Fear can impair formation of long-term memories and cause damage to certain parts of the brain, such as the hippocampus. This can make it even more difficult to regulate fear and can leave a person anxious most of the time. To someone in chronic fear, the world looks scary and their memories confirm that.
3.Brain processing and reactivity. Fear can interrupt processes in our brains that allow us to regulate emotions, read non-verbal cues and other information presented to us, reflect before acting, and act ethically. This impacts our thinking and decision-making in negative ways, leaving us susceptible to intense emotions and impulsive reactions. All of these effects can leave us unable to act appropriately.
4.Mental health. Other consequences of long-term fear include fatigue, clinical depression, and PSTD.

So whether threats to our security are real or perceived, they impact our mental and physical wellbeing.

Inherited trauma
Is it possible to experience fear and anxiety because of trauma that didn't even happen to you? Some researchers say yes.

The research in this area is still evolving, but there is some evidence that it is possible to inherit the impact of trauma from our ancestors.

For example, some children and grandchildren of Holocaust survivors may have a higher risk for anxiety, depression, and chronic fear.

Descendants of survivors of other massive traumas, especially slavery and attempted genocide, often report symptoms that are similar to those experienced by the people who endured the traumas themselves.

As a result, communities of African Americans, Indigenous people, and other marginalized groups may experience a shared sense of grief and ongoing fear.

This inherited trauma is often compounded by the reality of ongoing discrimination and brutality.

https://www.takingcharge.csh.umn.edu/impact-fear-and-anxiety






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Inherited trauma
Is it possible to experience fear and anxiety because of trauma that didn't even happen to you? Some researchers say yes.

The research in this area is still evolving, but there is some evidence that it is possible to inherit the impact of trauma from our ancestors.

For example, some children and grandchildren of Holocaust survivors may have a higher risk for anxiety, depression, and chronic fear.

Descendants of survivors of other massive traumas, especially slavery and attempted genocide, often report symptoms that are similar to those experienced by the people who endured the traumas themselves.

As a result, communities of African Americans, Indigenous people, and other marginalized groups may experience a shared sense of grief and ongoing fear.

This inherited trauma is often compounded by the reality of ongoing discrimination and brutality.

https://www.takingcharge.csh.umn.edu/impact-fear-and-anxiety




This is a theory I've been long thinking about for a while and came to the conclusion it may cause the majority of current issues in our world. The researches show to the point that traumatic events alter brain structure and even leave a chemical mark in the genome. There is a really good article on the topic:

https://elemental.medium.com/scientist ... be-inherited-f6bde9430675

Outside of scientific research , it's mostly a matter of belief but I do think we as a humanity also share the traumatic experiences via the collective consciousness and impact us greatly in a negative way. I'm planning some time in the future to do a group meditation regarding this topic, involving people who are skilled empaths and/or learnt emotional integration. (I am by no means pro myself, there is still a lot to learn and experience.)

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