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It seems really odd to me that anxiety medication can work, because I can't understand how a medication can alter a feeling.

My understanding is that the idea of anxiety medication is to alter neurotransmitters and activity in certain areas of the brain in order to change how a person experiences anxiety. For example for someone who experiences anxiety an ideal medication (very informally) would be a medication reducing activity of amygdala.

What I find very odd about this approach is that I don't believe feelings are just chemicals, i.e it dosen't make sense to me that altering some neurotransmitters in the brain can have a psychological impact on a person but only a physiological. I don't understand how someone can fear a something (for example a spider) and altering its brain chemistry and activity can make someone not feeling afraid of a spider.

So does anxiety medication have impact only on the physiological symptoms of anxiety?

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  • $\begingroup$ What I find very odd about this approach is that I don't believe feelings are just chemicals. Perhaps you should add why you don't believe that. It's not obvious to me why anyone would not believe that. $\endgroup$ – Eff Jun 14 '18 at 8:57

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