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The feel-good gene: those with naturally high levels of anandamide less anxious and fearful

In Australia, anxiety is even more common than depression. In fact, about one in four of us suffer from it.The general belief is that stress or circumstances cause it. But, this might not necessarily be the case.Richard Friedman, a professor of clinical psychiatry at Weill Cornell Medical College, says some of us have a feel-good gene that makes us less prone to anxiety and also to fear and addiction.”For the first time, scientists have demonstrated that a genetic variation in the brain makes some people inherently less anxious, and more able to forget fearful and unpleasant experiences,” Professor Friedman writes of the FAAH variant gene in the New York Times. “This lucky genetic mutation produces higher levels of anandamide – the so-called bliss molecule and our own natural marijuana – in our brains.”

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About Dr Ramesh Manocha

Dr Ramesh Manocha MBBS BSc (med) PhD is a GP, educator and researcher. His PhD was completed at the Royal Hospital for Women and focused on the scientific evaluation of meditation and the mental silence experience. Ramesh is currently a senior lecturer at the Department of Psychiatry at Sydney University and is also the founder and convenor of Generation Next, a national circuit of professional development seminars for education, health and welfare professionals. View all posts by Dr Ramesh Manocha →
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