Psych Stuff (PS): The Anxiety-Causing Gizmo

I’m talking about the ACG but “Anxiety-Causing Gizmo” is not its real name. The ACG is the Anterior Cingulate Gyrus, the brain’s gear shifter located above the corpus callosum (highlighted in yellow in the image above). The ACG is important for multi-tasking and being able to go from one task to another. Now one would expect that someone with high ACG levels would be an excellent multi-tasker (SPOILER ALERT: they could be), but like the old saying goes: “too much of a good thing is a bad thing.”

If my first year in Life Science 2 taught me anything is that too much of anything, even if it is “good”, is a bad thing. In these examples, I will stick to the topic of the brain. For example, if you have too much of the neurotransmitter dopamine, the “pleasure” or “reward” transmitter, you may feel increased anxiety, over-stimulation, and develop sleep issues. Too much serotonin, the “happy” transmitter, can cause tremors, twitching, and dysfunction of the body’s homeostasis. This is why the body requires a balance to work properly.

The ACG is the same way. A steady working ACG  allows the person to “shift gears” normally; however, someone with high ACG activity would experience something different. High ACG activity allows the person to shift gears faster than normal. One could say people with high ACG activity are smarter since they are able to focus on multiple things at once, but there is a cost. People with high ACG activity can experience numerous problems. This list covers a majority of them and gives a quick run-down on issues with ACG activity along with ways to lower its activity. I will list a few here

  • Stuck on negative thoughts
  • Says no without thinking
  • Worries
  • May cause many anxiety disorders such as: OCD, PTSD, and eating disorders

I personally believe this has something to do with some people saying that the smartest people are the unhappiest. A quote by Ernest Hemingway also brings up this point: “Happiness in intelligent people is the rarest thing I know.” Now I have heard before somewhere on the Internet that smart people are constantly thinking and constantly worried. There are numerous reasons for this (The Impostor Syndrome could be one), but high ACG activity could very much well be the cause or attribute to the cause or their sadness and worry. (Maybe I will visit this topic in a future post…)

I know this could apply to many people, but it is not safe to self-diagnose or diagnose others. While high ACG activity is a plausible cause for any anxiety issues, there is no way to know for sure without the proper tests!


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