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Re: Increase dopamine for motivation without risks?

Posted by schleprock on September 4, 2012, at 18:17:02

In reply to Re: Increase dopamine for motivation without risks? Agomelatinehope, posted by phidippus on September 4, 2012, at 16:28:05

I'm sort of in the same boat as you. Here's a response I got from a similar query at... another forum.

schleprock, on 03 September 2012 - 11:09 AM, said:

Severe panic attack (not mere anxiety, but the really acute attacks that come out of nowhere and typically have people scrambling for the ER.)

>In this case, though, a chemical imbalance is unlikely. Or at least is probably not the root cause, because if it were you'd always be anxious to some degree.

schleprock, on 03 September 2012 - 11:09 AM, said:

melancholic-like depression symptoms (esp. anhedonia, loss of interest in activities)

>My money is on too little dopamine in general, or at some specific receptor, being one of, if not the major cause of ahnedonia.

schleprock, on 03 September 2012 - 11:09 AM, said:

Gradual loss of libido (let's say over a period of six months.)

>This one is complicated. First it can have nothing to do with neurotransmitters or testosterone. If neurotransmitters are a factor it can be too little dopamine and/or too much serotonin at you 5-HT2A receptors. Nortriptyline is a fairly potent anticholinergic, and anticholinergics can kill your libido as well. Long-term use of benzodiazepines can cause sexual dysfunction. Or not. Benzos can even treat various sex problems. Like all anticonvulsants it's a crapshoot about whether they'll cause or fix some things.




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