Brain Chemistry: Mood, appetite, and well being

This page is still under construction, but here are the major deficiencies and their commonly related symptoms:

Serotonin deficiency:

  • Use an antidepressant, obsessive thoughts or behaviors
  • OCD, perfectionism or controlling behaviors
  • suicidal thoughts, seasonal affective disorder or winter blues
  • low self-esteem, chronic pain
  • afternoon or evening food (sugar/salt)
  • alcohol, or other substance cravings
  • cry or tear up easily
  • dislike hot weather
  • irritability, rage, or PMS
  • diagnosed with Fibromyalgia or TMJ

Gaba deficiency:

  • Crave sugar, carbohydrates, alcohol, or drugs for relaxation
  • take medication to help with anxiety
  • feelings of restlessness or unable to relax or loosen up
  • trembling or twitching muscles or eyes
  • feel stressed and burned out
  • stiff or tense muscles, “butterflies” or “knot” in the stomach
  • often feel easily overwhelmed
  • Use Valium, Klonopin, Xanax, Ativan, Neurontin, nicotine
  • hyperactivity, impulsiveness, disorganization
  • irritable bowel syndrome, diarrhea, or frequent urination
  • trembling or twitching muscles or eyes
  • PMS or excessive bleeding
  • irritability, short temper, rage, or moodiness.

Catecholamines deficiency:

  • Lack of focus or concentration
  • ADHD, hyperactivity
  • Use diet sodas, chocolate, sugar, or energy drinks for energy
  • Use of nicotine, diet pills, or other stimulants for energy
  • take Ritalin, Adderall, Wellbutrin or other anti-depressants

Endorphins deficiency:

  • Love foods, behaviors, drugs, or alcohol
  • sensitive to emotional or physical pain
  • cry or tear up easily
  • find it hard to get over losses
  • crave foods or drugs for comfort, reward, or pleasure
  • Use Vicodin, caffeine, nicotine, or alcohol