Well, it’s staring us right in the eye, so it’s time to get down to it. All is calm, all is bright for some of us. For others, emotional and mental thunder make a silent night impossible. And so this is Christmas.
Dopamine makes us human. Curiosity, arousal, wanting, attention, purposeful actions, reward-seeking, movement – and the trap of repeating pleasurable behavior. Let’s learn about this marvelous chemical messenger.
The brain’s design is difficult to wrap one’s head around. Just one example is our dopamine-driven reward system. Without it, we don’t exist. With it, we could get caught in a dangerous trap. It’s fascinating and important, so let’s dig in…
Does it really make sense? “Desperate times call for desperate measures.” That’s like saying if you’re having a panic attack, pop an Adderall and lock yourself in a closet. It’s not easy, but in desperate times calm and reason can work wonders.
Symptoms, coping, meds, side effects, appointments, self-monitoring, web searches: the trees are tall. So tall, in fact, that it’s easy to lose sight of the forest. And how are we supposed to get better if we don’t know where we are?
How in the world did the brain get separated from the rest of the body? I’ve always believed that interacting anatomy and physiology run the show, Case in point, celiac disease and mental health. Let’s look at the connections….
Where does the universe end? Does time really exist? What causes mental health disorders? All mega mysteries, but we’ll be investigating number three. That brings us to celiac disease and mental health: the truth hurts.
It gnaws at you throughout the day, every day. You feel as though something’s missing, even aching at times with emptiness. So you look everywhere to find whatever it is. But that presents a problem. How do you find something if you don’t know what it is?
In tears, head in her hands, she was laying it all out. Her failing marriage, troubled son, depression, anxiety – it was all too much to bear. She’d been fighting the good fight, but reached her limit.