We’ve all heard the saying, “When Mom’s not happy no one is happy.” A parent’s struggle with emotional imbalance affects not only the parent but the entire family. Depression, anxiety and mood swings are not something you can just “snap out of.” Science proves these disorders can be caused by an imbalance of brain chemicals, along with other mitigating factors.
Treatment usually includes rounds of psychotherapy or treatment with an array of pharmaceutical drugs. Today, clinical depression is the leading cause of disability with 20 million Americans suffering and 30 million pharmaceutical drugs prescribed. Sadly, depression is only one of many symptoms observed when there are neurotransmitter imbalances.
What is a neurotransmitter?
The brain makes chemical messengers called neurotransmitters. Neurotransmitters are produced and stored in the brain and are released into action when the brain cells are electronically activated. They are responsible for every thought, mood, pain and pleasure sensation we feel. They control our energy level, our appetite and the foods we crave. Neurotransmitters even regulate how well we sleep as well as our sex drive.
Psychological stress and physiological changes can cause neurotransmitter deficiencies or imbalances; likewise, the neurotransmitter deficiency or imbalance can cause psychological changes. Neurotransmitters can be easily measured by specialized noninvasive laboratory testing.
Thinking of it this way: it is common to measure thyroid levels before prescribing medication and to test a diabetic’s blood sugar before adjusting the dose of insulin. Therefore, before treating an individual with neurotransmitter imbalances, it is important to identify their specific levels in order to recommend the best therapeutic support.
Neurotransmitters and hormones commonly measured are serotonin, dopamine, GABA, nor epinephrine, epinephrine, glutamate, cortisol, DHEA and thyroid. A deficiency of any particular neurotransmitter not only affects neuronal function but also endocrine function anywhere in the body.
Our endocrine system is considered primary and critical to all metabolic function. Glands such as the thyroid, the adrenals, the ovaries and the testes all take direction from the brain. There are many conditions that negatively impact hormone levels, and when one hormone is imbalanced, there is a tendency for many other hormones to follow suit. Correction of imbalanced hormones is important but not always sufficient. Correction of imbalanced neurotransmitters, on the other hand, is imperative if clinical progress is to be made. Determining which neurotransmitters are low and which are high should precede clinical intervention.
For instance, combining poor diet with a stressful life-style is a recipe for neurotransmitter imbalances. The types of food we crave (starches, chocolate or sweets) and the time of day we crave them (late afternoon or evening) may characterize specific neurotransmitter deficiencies. In fact, serotonin depletion is one of the most common neurotransmitter imbalances in our culture.
Common symptoms/conditions of serotonin/dopamine imbalances include:
• Anxiety and panic attacks
• Strong craving for sweets
• Difficulty concentrating
• Headaches (including migraines)
• Low motivation
• Chronic pain
• Irritability and anger disorders
• Seasonal affective disorders
• Decreased sex drive
Now there is hope!
Many chronic symptoms and diseases share a common root. They can begin from imbalances in the body’s messengers, the neurotransmitters and hormones.
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