Gene Discovered Which Could Play a Part in Anxiety

Scientists have discovered that the gene called Gomafu could play a part in influencing how the body responds to stress and may play a significant role in anxiety.

The gene switches off which causes behavioural changes and those changes are similar to what happens during an anxious time. It is thought that maybe this gene and others similar to it might serve as a type of surveillance system for the body. It is thought that these genes developed so the brain is able to respond rapidly to environmental changes.

Medical experts have suggested that anxiety is a normal reaction to stress and it can also be beneficial in certain situations. However, in some people it becomes excessive and difficult to control which can affect and even consume a person’s day to day life.

Now that researchers have identified a gene that may help to understand the brains response to stressful situations perhaps there can be progress on treatment?