What happens in our brain during anxiety
Although anxiety disorders and obsessive compulsive disorder are presented in different groups, the main similarity is the core, neurobiology of the brain section amygdala and the key cognitive role for the hippocampus (Goodwin 2015).
The author states that anxiety disorder is closely associated with increased processing of threat-related stimuli and particularly increased attention to threats in the environment. These fears are learned emotional memories created by the communication of amygdala and hippocampus.
Goodwin, G.M. (2015). The overlap between anxiety, depression and obsessive-compulsive disorder. Published online ncbi.nlm.nih.gov.
Mindful Awareness in Body-Oriented Therapy (MABT)
MABT develops the distinct interoceptive awareness capacities of identifying, accessing, and appraising internal bodily signals that are identified in physiological models as the critical components of interoception for emotion regulation. The explanatory model is that the development of these key interoceptive capacities improves sensory (physical and emotional) awareness, reduces distress, and improves regulation.
Price, C.J. and Hooven, C. (2018). Interoceptive Awareness Skills for Emotion Regulation: Theory and Approach of Mindful Awareness in Body-Oriented Therapy (MABT). Published online ncbi.nlm.nih.gov.