What is dopamine?
Many people interested in how the brain works eventually run into the question, what is dopamine? Dopamine is a type of neurotransmitter. In order to fully understand what is dopamine, you must know, what are neurotransmitters. Neurotransmitters are the tiny chemical messengers that transmit nerve impulses, influencing how we feel and how we perceive the world around us. Now let’s dig deeper into what is dopamine.
We are each born with specific levels of dopamine neurotransmitters in the brain. If you are born with low levels of what is dopamine, then you likely battle with depression. Some people born with too much dopamine neurotransmitters in the brain suffer from schizophrenia. There are different types of dopamine. I’ll tell you more about those next time, as well as the drugs and medications that affect them.
You might be happy to know that there are medications that can raise or decrease dopamine levels to alleviate symptoms of depression and schizophrenia.
To learn more on the subject – what is dopamine and what is dopamine neurotransmitters’ role in your life – you can see Dr. Von Stieff’s video, Dopamine: Dr. Von Stieff Explains What Dopamine Does, or read his book, Brain In Balance: Understanding the Genetics and Neurochemistry behind Addiction and Sobriety.