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Is anxiety a neurological (brain) disorder or a psychological (mind) disorder?

I’ve been suffering from driving anxiety for the past 6 years. I’ve been reading online and some say it’s with the neurotransmitters in the brain and others say it’s with the conscious and subconscious in the mind. Which is it?
so you think I should see a neuro doctor about this. This is totally ruining my life and it has got to stop.

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  1. Personal opinion on it…
    I think it starts with the brain. All of it.
    Your body and mind adapt to how your brain works, and then habits and OCDs form/ stem from it.
    I don’t think its an actual thing in your brain wired to tell you driving is bad. I would consider it just an anxiety.
    And being more anxious than others … that I would think, stems from the brain… essentially.
    Wow, sorry if I was too confusing.
    hth.

  2. That’s a really interesting question.
    My personal opinion is that it’s a neurological problem. I say this because I have temporal lobe epilepsy and panic attacks. Some of my seizures involve a feeling of impending doom and dread. This is because my seizures start in my damaged hippocampus and amygdala, which control emotion.
    When my brain short circuits, and there’s just too much electricity, I have those frightening seizures (I have other kinds as well). I also have panic attacks, though, which, like the seizures, seem to just come out of the blue for no good reason.
    I know that panic attacks and anxiety disorders run in families. That’s certainly true in mine. So, I think that some of us are wired to be more anxious and to get overstimulated more easily. I think that some of us are wired to short circuit more easily.
    It’s not your fault.

  3. Honey it is in the neurotransmitters. These chemicals control what you feel, how you think and even your reactions. The brain is not some mysterious amorphous place where things that are wrong just dwell and then people say it is all in your mind. It is all biology. Chemicals and genes.

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