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Archive for the ‘Neurotransmitters’ Category

Adolescents are Prone to Love Addiction

Tweet Adolescence spans from roughly age twelve to as late as twenty-five, with the late teens and early twenties sometimes called ‘emerging adulthood.’ During this important and exciting phase of life, individuals transition from being children to being adults. Specific aspects of physical, social, and personality maturation affect the thoughts, emotions, and behaviors of adolescents. […]

Q&A: Is my ex over me or just playing games?

Tweet I ended a 10 month relationship with my boyfriend a bit more than a month ago because of his jealousy and controlling behavior. He was fine at first but got really mad at me for talking to other guys after the break up. He stopped texting me and ignored me in person and he […]

How Does Deep Relaxation Affect Brain Chemistry?

Tweet Deep relaxation and meditation have long been known to help with anxiety disorders and major depression. Since both anxiety disorders and major depression reflect an imbalance in brain chemistry, it would seem that relaxation techniques can influence brain chemistry. How do they do that? The sympathetic response to stress and fear consists in a […]

Heartbreak and Placement Conditioning

Tweet If you are suffering from a broken heart and want to get rid of the pain, paint your room, buy new furniture or move to a new apartment. Why? Because placement conditioning can result in more emotional pain in old environments. Placement conditioning has been confirmed in the case of drug addiction. Heroin addicts […]

The Chemistry of Emotional Pain

Tweet When someone hurts our feelings or rejects us, we often feel emotional pain. Emotional pain is typically felt in the chest or tummy region. It thus makes sense that almost all cultures use terms for organs in the chest or tummy region to speak of a broken heart. Emotional pain can no doubt be […]

Love Obsession: Your Brain on Crack

Tweet Whether you obsess over a person you just met, a person you once were intimate with or an unavailable rock star, some parts of your brain have the same brain chemistry as a brain exposed to cocaine. Cocaine is a serotonin/norepineprhine/dopamine reuptake inhibitor. If you have ever heard of antidepressants, chances are that you have […]

Beliefs and Brain Chemistry

Tweet Romance, love, sex, breakups and obsessions affect our brain chemistry. The most exciting and upsetting of these states have the same chemical profile as anxiety disorders or a “trip” induced by drugs. Love obsessions are chemically akin to obsessive-compulsive disorder. Both conditions involve instabilities to the dopamine and serotonin systems. Typically, there is an […]

Love Obsession, Gambling and the Hormonal Cycle

Tweet Researchers from the National Institutes of Mental Health have found that how much neuronal activity is present in women’s dopamine or “reward” circuit depends on where they are in their menstrual cycle.  Greater activity was found in the estrogen-driven phase prior to ovulation than in the last 14 days after ovulation. The researchers looked […]

Love as a Pain Reliever

Tweet According to a recent Stanford University School of Medicine study, published in PLoS One on October 13, 2010, intense passionate love has a direct effect on pain. It can be as effective as drugs such as cocaine.’ The Stanford researchers found an explanation of this effect of love. They scanned the brains of a […]

A Historical Note on Neurotransmitters

Tweet In the literature on anxiety and obsessive disorders there is now a lot of focus on the feel-good chemical serotonin and the motivational chemical dopamine, particularly after the discovery of serotonin reuptake inhibitors. There used to be more focus in the literature on acetylcholine. Acetylcholine was the first neurotransmitter to to be discovered. Its […]

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