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Psilocybin inhibits the processing of negative emotions in the brain

The ‘goal’ of pharmaceutical anti-depressants and anti-anxiety medications is to inhibit brain activity that leads to negativity and fear. Unfortunately, these medications really only serve as a band-aid and sadly, can even amplify the problem if someone is to become dependent and then abstain.

Researchers at the Psychiatric University Hospital of Zurich have looked into psilocybin’s effect on the amygdala, a key component of the brain’s ability to process emotions. The amygdala, located at the beginning of the brain stem, can often become overactive leading one into constant depressive thinking, distraction, anxiety and so on. “Elevated activity of the amygdala in response to stimuli leads to the neurons strengthening negative signals and weakening the processing of positive ones. This mechanism plays an important role in the development of depression and anxiety disorders.” – UZH Research

Original Article (A New Understanding):
Psilocybin Inhibits The Processing Of Negative Emotions In The Brain
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