Anxiety, Anger, and Adrenaline

I’m continually searching for ways to understand and explain the Neurophysiological Disorder (NPD). Here’s one of my efforts.

Every human being has anxiety as a necessary survival trait. Every cell in the human body has evolved to survive – not to have a great time. Unfortunately humans become anxious in the face of perceived threats in addition to real ones. The result is that the hormones adrenaline and cortisol are secreted much more often than needed. These are the chemicals that create the “flight or fight response.”





When the real or perceived threat persists we feel or are trapped. This, of course, leads to frustration and anger, which causes adrenaline levels to really skyrocket. The result is that your blood supply is shifted largely to the skeletal muscles, which enables you to flee danger. Other effects include:

  • Decreased blood flow to your brain – especially to the frontal cortex where most thinking occurs.
  • Your blood pressure goes up as well as your heart rate
  • You might being to feel sweaty to allow your body to cool during flight.

Adrenaline also effects every cell in your body with each organ systems manifesting its own unique response. There are four categories:

  • Smooth muscles – control the digestion, bladder emptying, and diameter of blood vessels and lung airways.
  • Skeletal muscle – muscles used for motor function including heart muscle
  • Central nervous system – is intended to protect you and one starting point is to amplify danger signals from the environment such a pain
  • Conversion reaction – a given organ system will just shut down.

Adrenaline/ Cortisol

There are over 30 symptoms that can occur with this “adrenaline bath” from the different organ system reactions. They include:

Smooth muscle

  • Migraine headaches
  • Irritable bowel
  • Spastic bladder
  • Sweating
  • Pounding sensation of your heart

Skeletal muscle

  • Back pain
  • Neck pain
  • Rapid heart rate
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Chest pain
  • Tendonitis

Central nervous system

Conversion reactions – whole systems shut down

  • Paralysis
  • Blindness
  • Weakness

Your body – a cell culture medium

Dr. Bruce Lipton is a world-renowned cell biologist formerly from Stanford. He has authored several remarkable books including, The Biology of Belief and The Honeymoon Effect. My wife and I had the pleasure of meeting him and his wife. He succinctly pointed out that when he places human cells in a culture medium that contains adrenaline and cortisol that the cells shrivel. When placed in a culture dish that contains oxytocin and growth hormone they flourish. The difference isn’t subtle. Oxytocin is the hormone secreted at birth and is felt to be significant in a mother bonding with her infant. It is also nicknamed “the love drug.”


happy baby


He also points out the human body is essentially one big culture medium contained by skin. BTW, there are about 50 trillion cells in the body. Therefore, as adrenaline is in contact with every cell the effects are profound. The way you think does affect your body chemistry. What chemical environment do you want your cells to be exposed to on a daily basis? You do have a choice. Your Unconscious Brain – Bull Riding

Anxiety, anger, and adrenaline OR awareness, forgiveness, and acceptance.

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Listen to the Back in Control Radio podcast Anxiety, Anger and Adrenaline