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Aspergers: Research is suggesting spectrum kids may be awash in serotonin in utero. There is speculation that ssri's may not be the best route in treating some of the difficulties associated with the spectrum because there may already be too much serotonin. Hopefully, future research will clarify. This is my take on the spectrum. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xg1ngp1ngds. ...Read more
I know that GABA inhibits release of dopamine, but what does glutamate do for dopamine? Precisely what would inhibition of NMDA do to dopamine?
Most food sources: Dopamine by itself is not found in any food sources but there are two Amino Acids that are converted to Dopamine in the body. Look for foods with phenylananine and tyrosine in them, though this is not very difficult to find. Most meats, dairy, and grains are high in both of these amino acids. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
See below: Generally speaking we don't measure Dopamine levels. There are diseases where the cells that produce Dopamine start dying (i.e. Parkinson disease). There are diseases where the treatment are anti-dopaminegic medicine (i.e. Schizophrenia, hyperkinetic movement disorders such as huntington disease). I'm not sure that there is any condition where we say the Dopamine level is too high. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Dopamine is the : latest fad: The "happy" chemical, right? There's no way that can be answered in 400 characters. Dopamine plays a fundamental role in almost all aspects of behavior from motor control to mood regulation, cognition & addiction & reward. The popular books about it are garbage. See Principles of Neural Science by Kandel & Schwartz or The Biochemical Basis of Neuropharmacology by Cooper, Bloom & Roth. ...Read more
No, not exactly: While structurally related to the excitatory neurotransmitter glutamate, theanine only has weak affinity for the glutamate receptor on postsynaptic cells. rather, its primary effect seems to increase the overall level of the brain inhibitory transmitter gaba. Source:en.Wikipedia.Org/wiki/theanine. ...Read more