Or sort of: anxiety does lead to depression but being aware of new things and putting them in context may break the pattern that reinforces depressed thinking. Our brains are pre-programmed to give more importance to the new things we see and, if we see fewer and fewer new things as we age, time seems to pass faster. Is one of the routes to treat depression actually pushing patients to do challenging and creative things? These are a few of the issues raised in this thoughtful interview from Ha’aretz with Israeli neuroscientist, Prof. Moshe Bar, head of Bar-Ilan University’s Gonda Multidisciplinary Brain Research Center.
The line of thought has important implications for those of us who make a living out of communicating too: how do we help ideas to stick in the memory? (Or to pass rapidly from it?)
Maybe it’s no surprise that it’ s an Israeli cognitive neuro scientist who thinks that anxiety is good for us. Actually, that’s a very simplistic rendering of a complex set of views and the whole article deserves careful thought.