Today I decided to write about this because is another thing that my husband suffers from and it greatly affects/causes depression.
What is Dopamine?
Dopamine is a neurotransmitter that helps control the brain‘s reward and pleasure centers. Dopamine also helps regulate movement and emotional responses, and it enables us not only to see rewards, but to take action to move toward them. Dopamine deficiency results in Parkinson’s Disease, and people with low dopamine activity may be more prone to addiction. The presence of a certain kind of dopamine receptor is also associated with sensation-seeking people, more commonly known as “risk takers.”
As described in Psychologytoday.com
So pretty much without dopamine you can’t feel joy! No wonder why someone might feel depressed if they physically can’t. I wanted to talk about this because throughout all the years of chronic depression my hubby has suffered from, it wasn’t until 8 months ago or so that his primary care decided to test his neurotransmitters. According to results his dopamine was untraceable, and I felt like oh thats why!!! Well this in his case is just a small part of this puzzle but as I told him “Its not you! its your body”. He is not responsible for this and it must take a huge weight of someone’s shoulders that has been feeling guilty for being this way. You wouldn’t say to a diabetic “Hey! why don’t you just make some insulin and get rid of that diabetes”. You can’t! and yet people day after day treat people with depression as if they could just flip the switch and change. Sometimes it doesn’t matter how hard you try you can chemically be happy.
So what do you do???? Well that is a good question! There is only one antidepressant that I am familiar with that helps with the dopamine issue and that is Wellbutrin, other than that the diet is very important because you can’t just take dopamine pills. You must give your body the essential building blocks to create it, also lots of exercise. Seems easy right! wrong .The hard part of all this is getting your loved one who is depressed and wants nothing to do with eating healthy and exercise to do these things. How do you motivate them without them feeling pushed? I believe that is the hard part. Not to mention that for some people like my hubby that is just one part of the many other issues he has so getting the medication to work and incorporate all the other things might not really work as fast as we wished. So patience, patience, patience, and lots of prayers for them and you! Because we must always take care of ourselves so we don’t end up being the patient.
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