A neurotransmitter is a chemical messenger that transmits nerve impulses from neuron to neuron. The brain has various types of neurotransmitters. For example, you may have heard of GABA neurotransmitters or dopamine neurotransmitters. Each of us is born with individual levels of these various types of neurotransmitters. The amounts of each of these types of neurotransmitters have the power to shape our personalities and effect how we perceive the world around us.
For example, some people are born with high levels of the GABA neurotransmitters, and these people are generally quite calm. People born with low levels of dopamine neurotransmitters often become depressed. People born with unusually high levels of dopamine neurotransmitters can become psychotic. There is a fine balance between how much dopamine is necessary to feel good and how much will make a person delusional.
Imbalances of such types of neurotransmitters as – serotonin, dopamine, GABA, glutamate, opiate, noradrenaline, endocannabinoid, and acetylcholine – can lead to various problems. These problems include: depression, compulsiveness, neuroticism, anxiety, alcoholism, and drug abuse. The good news is – by adjusting these types of neurotransmitters, experienced doctors can fix those problems. You can read more about these methods in addictionologist Dr. Fred Von Stieff’s new book: Brain in Balance: Understanding the Genetics and Neurochemistry behind
Addiction and Sobriety.