Neurotransmitters Test


Why Test Neurotransmitter Level ?

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Neurotransmitters are major players in brain chemistry. Neurotransmitters help us think and process the world around us. They can make us depressed, anxious or angry if they are unbalanced. They are critical to our emotional and mental well being.

Dopamine is the major neurotransmitter associated with the pleasure center of the brain. It is also involved in sensory integration. Conditions associated with abnormal dopamine levels are:

    High Dopamine:

  • Aggression
  • Paranoia
    Low Dopamine:

  • ADHD
  • Depression
  • Spectrum Disorders

Serotonin is the neurotransmitter most associated with mood. Adequate levels prevent depression and modulate pain response. High serotonin is associated with a state of stress and can contribute to oxidative damage in the brain as well as bone loss. Conditions associated with abnormal serotonin levels are:

    High Serotonin:

  • Serotonin Sickness
  • IBS
  • Celiac Disease
  • Oxidative stress in CNS
  • Bone Loss
  • Initial Stress State
    Low Serotonin:

  • Fatigue
  • Disturbed Sleep
  • Changes in Appetite
  • Hot
  • Depression
  • Irritability
  • Mood Disturbances
  • Muscle Cramps
  • Bowel Cramps

High levels of norepinephrine and epinephrine are associated with an increased stress response. Typically patients are in more of a fight or flight pattern when norepinephrine is high. Low norepinephrine is associated with fatigue and other symptoms.

    High Norepinephrine:

  • Aggression
  • Anxiety
    Low Norepinephrine:

  • Depression
  • ADHD
    High Epinephrine:

  • Aggression
  • Anxiety
  • Insomnia
  • Acute Stress
    Low Epinephrine:

  • Weight Gain
  • Attention Deficit
  • Adrenal Fatigue

GABA is the major inhibitory neurotransmitter in the brain. It helps with rest and relaxation. It is the most abundant neurotransmitter which makes it extremely important for over all well being. Conditions associated abnormal GABA levels are:

    High GABA:

  • Lethargy
    Low GABA:

  • Anxiety
  • Stress
  • Insomnia
  • Tension Headaches
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder