Fox News host Sean Hannity asked a nervous systems expert about a new Fox News series titled Nervous System Cross-word: A nerve test.
“How would you test for a nervous condition, like anxiety or depression?,” Hannity asked.
“Well, you can test for any of those things,” the nervous system expert said.
“But you can’t test for nervous system disorder.
I mean, we know that nervous system disorders are common, and we know how to treat them.””
Nervous systems disorders are often associated with neurological disorders,” he continued.
“The more severe they are, the more likely you are to have them.
So the idea of taking a test is to look for symptoms that are in a way like the underlying neurological disorder, or symptoms that may have a neurological cause.””
And if you have a condition like an anxiety disorder, for example, you would do an evaluation of your nervous system,” Hannity continued.”
If you have some sort of neurological condition that you’re dealing with, you should take a test,” he added.”
And then if you’re not seeing improvement, you’re going to be taking the test and if you do, it could be helpful,” the expert said, adding that the test could be administered at a doctor’s office.”
So, for a neurological condition like anxiety, the person would get an MRI, which would show that there’s something going on in your nervous systems.
And then you could take the test, and you could see the improvement,” he said.”
There are people who have taken it and have not seen any improvement,” Hannity said.
And the expert noted that while anxiety and depression have similarities, there are also differences.
“The biggest difference is that anxiety is a symptom of some kind of stress.
So you could be having an anxiety attack, and it could indicate that your stress level is very high,” he explained.”
You can’t really put your finger on why people have anxiety,” he concluded.
“It could be the way they feel about themselves, it might be something else, or it could just be something about the environment in which they live.
So, I don’t think it’s necessarily just anxiety.””
But for something like anxiety that’s caused by stress or something that’s very, very bad, you might have some type of neurological disorder that would show up on the test,” the neuroscientist added.
“So if you look at that and say ‘Well, I should have taken the test,'” Hannity continued, “and you get an answer of no, and then you get a diagnosis of anxiety, then you’re on your way.”