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Neurotransmitter (Overview)

A neurotransmitter is a chemical messenger that carries, boosts and modulates signals between neurons and other cells in the body. In most cases, a neurotransmitter is released from the axon terminal after an action potential has reached the synapse. The neurotransmitter then crosses the synaptic gap to reach the receptor site of the other cell or neuron.


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How does food effect neurotransmitters?

How does food effect neurotransmitters?

Production.: Neurotransmitters are produced in the body using precursors that are found in food like certain amino acids, vitamins and minerals that are needs to make appropriate level. ...Read more

Neurotransmitter (Overview)

A neurotransmitter is a chemical messenger that carries, boosts and modulates signals between neurons and other cells in the body. In most cases, a neurotransmitter is released from the axon terminal after an action potential has reached the synapse. The neurotransmitter then crosses the synaptic gap to reach the receptor site of the other cell or neuron.


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How can I increase my neurotransmitters?

How can I increase my neurotransmitters?

Comments: Why do you view a need to "increase my neurotransmitters", do you have a degenerative neurological condition? In Alzheimer's and Parkinson's. we do have a Multi-Neurotransmitter Deficiency problem, and we have drugs to enhance and stabilize the imbalances. ...Read more

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What is the function of neurotransmitters?

Homeostasis: Neurotransmitters are both inhibitory and excitatory, and exist to balance appropriately, the infinite entering signals from outside activity, and respond motorically as appropriate. These are chemicals which are secreted in the synapse which connects nerve to nerve, but also nerve to muscle, sweat glands, etc. ...Read more

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What are the results of acid on neurotransmitters?

What are the results of acid on neurotransmitters?

Which acids?: And which neurotransmitters? And in what clinical context are you asking the question because I can't really think of a good scenario where"acids" would be able to be exposed to neurotransmitters in a person unless their entire body is in a fulminant acidotic state with no compensation occurring and that is generally not compatible with life....so maybe a little more information would help? ...Read more

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Do you know if neurotransmitters are highly reactive?

Do you know if neurotransmitters are highly reactive?

Generic response: Neurotransmitters are critical in nerve/nerve cell interactions within the brain and spinal cord and certainly critical with neuromuscular, internal organ, and sweating, and more. In disease states, neurotransmitter function can be impaired, but when imbalance occurs, further dysfnctn can be present. Hope that helps, but am unclear as to what you wish to know. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: neurotransmitter?

What is the definition or description of: neurotransmitter?

See below: A neurotransmitter is a chemical messenger that carries, boosts and modulates signals between neurons and other cells in the body. In most cases, a neurotransmitter is released from the axon terminal after an action potential has reached the synapse. The neurotransmitter then crosses the synaptic gap to reach the receptor site of the other cell or neuron. ...Read more

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What are mental conditions associated with neurotransmitters?

What are mental conditions associated with neurotransmitters?

Neurotransmitters: Depression could be lack of serotonin, dopamine, norepinephrin bipolar could be excess glutamate alcohol could be gaba glutamate imbalance etc. ...Read more

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Which are the neurotransmitters involved in the creative process?

Which are the neurotransmitters involved in the creative process?

All of them: What part of a car makes it go fast? Is it the engine? The transmission? The tires? The exhaust system? The streamlining? Or all of it together? We hear so much about malfunctioning neurotransmitters and brain diseases where parts don't work well that we fail to appreciate that a normally functioning brain makes use of all of its resources at the highest level of integration. ...Read more

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How can you figure out which neurotransmitter your body is low in?

How can you figure out which neurotransmitter your body is low in?

Not possible.: That idea of low and high neurotransmitter levels as a cause of mental disorders is appealing but not precise. Direct measures of brain neurotransmitter levels is impossible with existing technology and probably wouldn't help much in diagnosis & treatment if available. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how is the action of a neurotransmitter terminated?

Here's an example: Acetylcholine gets into the synaptic cleft, stimulates the neuromuscular junction and muscle contracts, but to relax, the chemical needs to be decreased, and acetylcholinesterase hydrolyzes to acetic acid, and choline. ...Read more

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Which neurotransmitters are released/ needed when a person concentrates on something?

Which neurotransmitters are released/ needed when a person concentrates on something?

Brain Power: Very good question. De-codifying the synchronization of the brain chemicals during different tasks is an evolving science at this time. With functional MRI technology some of the pathways activated during learning, reading and memorizing are now being mapped. Acetylcholine, glutamate and Dopamine are released in different areas of the brain during concentration and memory processing. ...Read more

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Do neurotransmitters effect emotions or do emotions effect neurotransmitters? Which comes first?

Do neurotransmitters effect emotions or do emotions effect neurotransmitters? Which comes first?

Consensus is: that neurotransmitters affect our subjective experiences--feelings and thoughts, and lots of other mental events (pain, sensorimotor impressions, taste, vision, hearing, vestibular functions; you name it). If the hardware is in place, then external events can produce reactions in them, so subjectively it seems that emotions and thoughts trigger internal states. Its probably a two-way street. ...Read more

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Which has more influence our thoughts controlling neurotransmitters or our neurotransmitters influencing our thoughts?

Which has more influence our thoughts controlling neurotransmitters or our neurotransmitters influencing our thoughts?

Chicken and egg: Argument. Actually nobody really knows exactly what a "thought" is. The best analogy that we have is the computer but if the brain is a computer it may be a new type. ...Read more

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I was wondering what are 4 neurotransmitters affected by tricyclics antidepressants?

I was wondering what are 4 neurotransmitters affected by tricyclics antidepressants?

See below: All of the commonly used antidepressants work primarily on two neurotransmitters, norepinephrine and serotonin. Dopamine is affected by serotonin levels, and acetylcholine may also be affected. Changing the levels of serotonin and norepinephrine are currently believe to be the main effect which alleviates depressive symptoms. There are many other neurotransmitters that are involved...Stay tuned. ...Read more

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What neurotransmitters regulate pain perception?

What neurotransmitters regulate pain perception?

Multiple transmitter: Pain is complicated and multiple neurotransmitters modulate pain. Not to confuse you but they include substance P, norepinephrine, VIP, endorphins, serotonin, somatostatin, CGRP, GABA, glutamate, cholecystokinin, and nitric oxide and there are just as many, if not more, receptors. As you can see, the regulation of pain is very complex with multiple etiologies. ...Read more

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Which neurotransmitter affects sleep mood and appetite?

Which neurotransmitter affects sleep mood and appetite?

Not so simple, but: Main neurotransmitters for behaviour and mood are norepinephrine and serotonin, but dopamine does play a role in all of this, but much more complex than just simple few chemicals. ...Read more

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Is it possible to be allergic to your own neurotransmitters?

Is it possible to be allergic to your own neurotransmitters?

No: With rare exception, the immune system can only make antibodies to large proteins. Neurotransmitters are small, non protein molecules and cannot elicit an antibody response. ...Read more

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I was wondering what does neurotransmitters have to do with stress?

I was wondering what does neurotransmitters have to do with stress?

Stress responses: In response to stress, the body releases many physiologically active chemicals, including neurotransmitters like norepinephrine and epinephrine. This goes along with the well-known "fight, flight, or freeze" response. If your body could not respond in this way, you would die. ...Read more

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Does the neurotransmitter dopamine have something to do with creativity?

Does the neurotransmitter dopamine have something to do with creativity?

Not specifically: Creativity is not from a single neurotransmitter, but is a complicated process involving a whole person and his/her entire brain. For instance, when we're very anxious, our creativity suffers because our alarm system amygdala is in charge -- we're just trying to survive. When we can relax, we see more possibilities, & find creative solutions. Our prefrontal cortex -- & more -- activate! ...Read more

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