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Neurotransmitters And Their Functions Chart
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.
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 ...Read more
How do I balance my neurotransmitters in my brain with amino acid therapy to get it into good working function again?? Any help and tips!!
Several queries: What is concerning you regarding your "neurotransmitter" function? Are there emotional issues, cognitive issues, headaches, dizziness, fatigue? And why do you think amino acid therapy does anything practical or helpful? Give us direct concerns and we can pinpoint some directions for you.See 1 more doctor answer
What specific Autoimmune diseases attack brain cells and neurons causing a dramatic effect to neurotransmitters, hormones and the function of the brain
Lupus: Systemic Lupus can attack everywhere and lead to the things u asked about. Other considerations are vasculitis syndromes as there is an autoimmune attack on and in blood vessels which can affect neurons indirectly. Myasthenia Gravis also affect the neuromuscular system and affects one of the main neurotransmitter, AcetylCholine. Rheumotologist is specialist to see for autoimmune disorders
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.See 1 more doctor answer
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.
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