One of the most difficult challenges in life is making sense and meaning out of the inevitable “bad times.” Sure, there’s a lesson to learn, but couldn’t that lesson be taught in a kinder, gentler, less anxiety-provoking way?
In truth, the problem is rarely the problem. It’s our reaction to the problem that is actually the problem. And according to this article it turns out that “stress is a lot more complicated than we imagined and a lot more manageable than we realized.”
A complex combination of genetics and nurture, focus has shifted from “why” to “how” we deal with high-stress/high-anxiety situations. There’s a lot of talk lately about the COMT gene, the gene that regulate dopamine, or more specifically dopamine’s neural circulation (breakdown and update) in stressful situations.
In simplistic terms, are we Worriers or Warriors or somewhere in between? Genotyping shows your genetic predisposition for how your brain chemistry handles stress. This discovery has big implications for treating anxiety disorders, PTSD, and standardized testing procedures.