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High serotonin and low dopamine levels indicate what?

High serotonin and low dopamine levels indicate what?

Nothing: Don't waste your money on these kind of tests. It is how you feel, how you think, how you take care of yourself that matters. ...Read more

Serotonin (Definition)

Serotonin is a chemical derived from the Amino Acid tryptophan and acts as a neurotransmitter (communicating ...Read more


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What are the difference in low dopamine vs low seratonin symptoms?

First realize: The doctors are slightly making this up. In tests of whether matching drugs to symptoms worked... didn't work.
Serotonin run systems involve sleep/eating/anxiety
dopamine run systems involve pleasure.
The only solid data is that drugs of abuse definitely activate the dopamine. Cocaine/meth dealers/designer drug dealers have better luck. But then, have more money for Research ...Read more

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Get left sided numbness and headaches. Full neuro workup normal. Think hemiplegic migraines. Xanax (alprazolam) helps sometimes. Can low dopamine cause migraines?

Get left sided numbness and headaches. Full neuro workup normal. Think hemiplegic migraines. Xanax (alprazolam) helps sometimes. Can low dopamine cause migraines?

Advice: Sounds like you do have migraines, which could be prevented through a variety of prescription or OTC agents. However, am concerned about your Nadolol in presence of depression, as things could get worse here. Xanax (alprazolam) is not a valuable drug to treat migraine. Do you wish to investigate all this further. A Concierge visit might help ...Read more

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What can I do if tired and low energy, with low serotonin and dopamine. Is there something. That can help me feel better?

What can I do if tired and low energy, with low serotonin and dopamine. Is there something. That can help me feel better?

Not sure how you: Know it's serotonin and dopamine, but yes, a number of medications could be helpfull. First see you doc about any medical issues, then see a psychiatrist. ...Read more

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What is considered a low dopamine level in mL when it comes to plasma?

What is considered a low dopamine level in mL when it comes to plasma?

Caution: I hope you are not being sold snake-oil from one of the sensation / charismatic clinics / labs around the country that offer to find you special brain chemistry needs based on blood levels of neurotransmitters (NTs). If so, please know it is a scam. Blood levels of NTs are completely unrelated to brain levels. If you have other needs for a plasma DA level (Endocrine), check Mayo Clinic Lab. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of low dopamine in brain?

What are symptoms of low dopamine in brain?

Tough to say: Although the field of psychiatry continues to advance there is still hypotheses about the relationship of specific monoamine neurotransmitters to the diagnoses specified in the dsm-v. If one allows for the possibility of an incomplete heuristic then one would theorize that low Dopamine could predispose to inattentiveness, slowed thinking, impulsivity, decreased energy, anhedonia, and depression. ...Read more

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Are negative symptoms of psychosis related to low dopamine levels?

Are negative symptoms of psychosis related to low dopamine levels?

Negative symptoms: Negative symptoms of schizophrenia or other psychotic disease are social withdrawal, lack of motivation, anhedonia, flat affect, cognitive failing. The most likely explanation is that there is some structural damage to the prefrontal cortex, affected glutamate pathways, and/or serotonin deficiencies. There is still need for research in that area. ...Read more

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Could negative symptoms of psychosis be related to low dopamine levels?

Could negative symptoms of psychosis be related to low dopamine levels?

Dopamine: It is hypothesized that deficient transmission of dopamine at D1 receptors in the Prefrontal cortex of the brain may be a cause for negative Schizophrenia symptoms. ...Read more

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Negative symptoms of psychosis are related to low dopamine levels, what does this mean?

Negative symptoms of psychosis are related to low dopamine levels, what does this mean?

Dopamine: The dopamine hypothesis posits that an excess of the neurotransmitter dopamine is present in the synapses of the nerves, which give rise to psychotic symptoms such as hallucinations and agitation (positive symptoms) and flat affect and alogia (negative symptoms). ...Read more

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What all are the causes of low dopamine levels? Is there any good Supplement Brand available to increase dopamine levels apart from lifestyle changes?

What all are the causes of low dopamine levels? Is there any good Supplement Brand available to increase dopamine levels apart from lifestyle changes?

Come again?: Dopamine levels where? In your feet? Spit? Left eyeball? Why are you worried about "low dopamine levels"? What do you think happens? What makes you think "lifestyle changes" affect dopamine? What do higher dopamine levels achieve? Your interest is commendable but you're laboring under a whopper of a knowledge deficit. I encourage you to educate yourself about this mind-bogglingly complex subject. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of low dopamine in the brain?

What are symptoms of low dopamine in the brain?

Poor concentration: Dopamine serves many functions in the brian, depending on the specific area in which it is working. In the prefrontal cortex, low concentrations of dopamine result in poor concentration, easy distractibility, irritable mood, and so on. In other areas, it may cause movement disorders. ...Read more

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Is there a way to check for low dopamine in the brain? If so how?

Is there a way to check for low dopamine in the brain? If so how?

Why?: I'm aware that dopamine and serotonin are all the rage these days; but please repost your question with an explanation of why you're asking, why you think your brain dopamine is "low", and what you would hope to achieve by somehow making it "higher." ...Read more

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Can low dopamine levels be inherited if a parent was diagnosed with low levels?

Can low dopamine levels be inherited if a parent was diagnosed with low levels?

ADHD?: Low dopamine is regularly associated with ADHD. May I ask if they have or have been screened for ADHD? If not and there’s any signs, inattentiveness, interruptive, can’t concrete, talkative, drives fast, can’t finish tasks etc..... This could be worth looking into. ADHD sufferers have severely low dopamine that’s why they are Rxed Amphetamines, these drugs floods the brain with extra dopamine. ...Read more

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Why do I perceive and see the world as completely lifeless and dead. Is it because of my depression or Adhd or low dopamine levels.?

Why do I perceive and see the world as completely lifeless and dead. Is it because of my depression or Adhd or low dopamine levels.?

Depression: You are describing a feature of depression called anhidonea. Speak to your prescriber about your feeiings and discuss treating your clinical depression. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of low dopamine?

What are the symptoms of low dopamine?

Dopamine: This neurotransmitter that is produced from tyrosine is involved with many functions. The main ones are the initiation of movement (so low can be parkinsonism) but also with motivation, so low can be lack of ambition or interest (another term - inanition). It impacts also many physical functions including some cardiovascular functions. ...Read more

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I have been told I have low dopamine. I have brain fog, anxiety, etc. Can't take ssri. Any diet measures I can take?

I have been told I have low dopamine. I have brain fog, anxiety, etc. Can't take ssri. Any diet measures I can take?

More information: Would be helpful to hear what symptoms you are asking about. The known effect of diet in those conditions can then be clarified. ...Read more

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I read that low dopamine is a cause of restless legs--how does this happen?

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I read that low dopamine is a cause of restless legs--how does this happen?

Restless legs: Studies have shown that more than 60% cases of RLS are inherited as an autosomal dominant inheritance, & that there is deficiency of Dopamine in the part of the brain known as substantia nigra. ...Read more

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Does high or low dopamine create insomnia? I was on zyprexa (olanzapine) for awhile but it did not sedate me I needed to take a moderate dose of Ativan to sleep..

Does high or low dopamine create insomnia? I was on zyprexa (olanzapine) for awhile but it did not sedate me I needed to take a moderate dose of Ativan to sleep..

Insomnia: There are numerous neurotransmitters that contribute to sleep and wakefulness. Getting to the bottom of what is causing your insomnia is the best treatment recommendation than using medicines to make you sleepy. Would recommend for you to talk to a sleep specialist. ...Read more

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Hi, I have really bad restless leg syndrome and I have problems with food, I binge. Would this be anything to do with low dopamine levels?

Hard to say: There really isn't a test to determine if a person has abnormal Dopamine levels in the brain. The antidepressant medication buproprion can elevate Dopamine levels. You should see a psychiatrist and have an evaluation. Good luck. ...Read more

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Can dopamine levels in the brain be measured using imaging? I have symptoms of low dopamine. Was on high dose ritalin (methylphenidate) then adderall for many years.

Can dopamine levels in the brain be measured using imaging? I have symptoms of low dopamine. Was on high dose ritalin (methylphenidate) then adderall for many years.

Not available: Currently there is no clinically available test for measuring brain dopamine. Dopamine depletion clinically is seen as Parkinsons Disease which is due to a loss of dopamine from the substantia nigra. Rigidity, tremor, bradykinesia and masklike face are symptoms. ...Read more

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Can low dopamine in the brain cause irritability, memory issues, emotionless...? Remedy?

Can low dopamine in the brain cause irritability, memory issues, emotionless...? Remedy?

IT'S COMPLICATED: The mechanism of action of brain dopamine is not full understood. Low levels are associated with Parkinson's disease and probably ADHD and restless legs syndrome. Your symptoms may reflect depression and there are medications that can increase both brain dopamine and serotonin levels. Pounding heartbeat and tachycardia may be symptoms of panic disorder. You should get a psychiatric evaluation. ...Read more

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Can low dopamine cause twitches, tachycardia, memory issues, brain fog, personality change...?

Can low dopamine cause twitches, tachycardia, memory issues, brain fog, personality change...?

Hard to say...: Dopamine (DA) is not measured in clinical labs. It's extremely rapidly metabolized along a variety of pathways. Further, DA levels in blood bear little resemblance to DA activity in the brain - even less to the small brain regions and synapses where DA signaling is concentrated.

Though DA *might* be relevant, the symptoms you describe could have a very large number of non-DA causes. ...Read more

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Can severe ADHD or low dopamine levels and a very disorganized brain be responsible for psychological drugs like antidepressants not working on you?

Can severe ADHD or low dopamine levels and a very disorganized brain be responsible for psychological drugs like antidepressants not working on you?

Very much possible: Please don't self medicate or stop prescribed psychiatric medicines on your own, keep a close follow up with your doctor/psychiatrist, seek a second opinion if you wish, but never be on your own with those drugs on board, ...Read more

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Can low dopamine levels cause cardiac dysfunction? Thanks. I have read that low dopamine levels are related to parkinsons--one of the symptoms being autonomic dysfunction. Could this include cardiac problems--racing, pounding, palpitations?

Can low dopamine levels cause cardiac dysfunction? Thanks. I have read that low dopamine levels are related to parkinsons--one of the symptoms being autonomic dysfunction. Could this include cardiac problems--racing, pounding, palpitations?

Unlikely: Low dopamine levels in Parkinson's Disease are specifically related to loss of dopamine producing neurons in the Basal Ganglia of the brain and does not show up on regular blood testing. An isolated low dopamine on blood tests is not in itself is usually meaningless as it is a precursor to epinephrine. It is usually measured to look for high levels of adrenal hormones. What panel was done/why? ...Read more

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Could a prolactin level of 30.8 and insuf vitamin D be indicator of low dopamine needing treatment with a dopamine agonist?

Could a prolactin level of 30.8 and insuf vitamin D be indicator of low dopamine needing treatment with a dopamine agonist?

Prolactin -hi, low D: The need for dopamine replacement, as in Parkinsons's, presents with motor symptoms like cogwheel rigidity, gait changes. Too much dopamine can lead to psychotic symptoms. Meds as SSRIs, gaba, estrogen opioids, risperidone can increase prolactin.May be lab variation repeat in 1 month, may be due to prolactinoma a common small mass in the pituitary, check MRI. Low Vit D is commo f/u/w/doc ...Read more

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