Chemical Imbalances

Chemical Imbalances & Feelings Of Depression

Perhaps you’ve recently been diagnosed with Major Depressive Disorder, otherwise known as Depression. Since depression is in the mind, you may be wondering what causes some people to get this disorder and why others never have it.

Depression is a complex disease that is attributed to a variety of factors. Scientists and researchers have found that¬†chemical imbalances¬†associated with neurotransmitters within the brain have been linked to the effects of this mental illness. People who are experiencing feelings of depression¬† often have a known “trigger” or a life occurrence that they can relate to those effects.

The chemicals, otherwise known as neurotransmitters, that are out of balance include:

  1. Serotonin
  2. Dopamine
  3. Norepinephrine
  4. Acetylcholine

Beyond the environmental factors that can influence this disorder, scientists have speculated that. Neurotransmitters help relay messages throughout your brain that usually effect mood. These substances in your brain act to effect your emotions in a way that is healthy, however if any of them are unbalanced then it could lead to depression or other mental illnesses. This is why drug abuse is often associated with mental illnesses because most drugs alter these main neurotransmitters to levels beyond belief. Drugs can easily alter and cause chemical imbalances which is a very delicate balance when healthy.

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