Neurotransmitters are associated with specific mental health disorders.
- Serotonin: depression, schizophrenia
- Dopamine: schizophrenia, Parkinson’s
- Glutamate: schizophrenia
- Norepinephrine: anxiety
- GABA: anxiety
Many psychiatric medications work by altering neurotransmitter activity by retaining the neurotransmitters in the synapses. This enables more repeated activation of postsynaptic receptors. It is described as a “ping-pong ball bouncing back and forth.”
Depression is the most commonly diagnosed mental illness.
SSRI medications that target serotonin receptors to retain the molecules at the synapse include medications like prozac, zoloft, paxil, luvox, celexa, lexapro, effexor, cymbalta, and pristiq.
Biochemical therapy can correct imbalances of neurotransmitter activity. Solutions aimed at normalizing brain chemistry must be individualized to each person. Therapeutic use of vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and essential oils can normalize concentration of nutrients needed for neurotransmitter synthesis, regulate epigenetics of neurotransmitter activities, and reduce free radical oxidative stress.
Vitamin B6 is an important cofactor in the synthesis of serotonin and is exhibited in low levels in individuals who suffer from depression. Nutrient therapy utilizing high levels of vitamin B6 may be equally effective to SSRI medications.
Biochemical therapy, medication, and counseling can be helpful for people with mental health struggles.