Day 13 – Tickling the Amygdala

Oh, amygdala, are you the cause of all my suffering?

Apparently it is an overactive amygdala (likely caused by trauma) that is responsible for anxiety, depression, PTSD, emotional dysregulation and the list goes on.

I’m not looking for a scape goat for my condition…but if there was an actual medically treatable cause, well, that would be pretty helpful.

So, I’ve been trying to find ways to reprogram my amygdala. So far I’ve come across Deep Brain Stimulation and tickling the amygdala mentally.

DBS  is where they stimulate the amygdala with an electrodes, and hopefully all your depression and anxiety will go away. But, does that mean that even in situations where it is necessary to be anxious, that we’d be creepily calm? Anyhow, as it is still in the experimental phase, I’m not likely to find out soon enough for my liking.

The other option is to tickle it myself.

I need to do a lot more reading about it, but the general idea is to picture your amygdala, and a feather tickling it. This will apparently induce positive emotions and even extra sensory perception. It seems pretty hokey, but it can’t hurt to try.

I had a little go of it this morning, and I’m surprised to say it actually made me giggle. I don’t know if it was because my amygdala was tickled, or just due to the ludacrisness of the activity, but I think it’s worth slipping into my daily mindfulness practice all the same.

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