An Overview of Chemical Imbalance
What is a Chemical Imbalance?
A person’s brain is a network of billions of nerve cells called neurons
which communicate with one another to create cognitive [thought], affective
[emotional] and behavioral responses. This process would not be possible
without neurotransmitters, naturally occurring chemicals in the brain that
are the key to cell-to-cell communication. Since this process is normally
perfectly fine-tuned, any dysregulation may lead to changes in thinking,
moods and your ability to function.
The term chemical imbalance is commonly used to define an irregularity that
may exist in the production, absorption or reabsorption (reuptake) of neurotransmitters
like Serotonin, Norepinephrine, Dopamine and GABA (Gamma-aminobutyric Acid).
However, recent studies completed during the last decade indicate that the
definition of a chemical imbalance should also encompass a variety of other
natural chemicals, including vitamins, minerals, and amino acids which are
essential to neurotransmitter synthesis.
According to the National Institue of Mental Health, chemical imbalances
have been implicated in an array of emotional disturbances, like anxiety,
panic attacks, depression and ADHD.
What causes a chemical imbalance?
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