You may have heard of it in relation to depression as it is your "feel good" neurotransmitter. It is an essential chemical needed for motivation & the drive to do things. Dopamine is also associated with positive feelings such as being in love, exercising, listening to music & enjoying sex. Low amounts can cause problems with concentration, initiating or completing tasks, low energy & a lack of motivation. It can also lead to addictive or compulsive behavior.

Sound familiar? If it does & you or someone you care about is experiencing these problems, how do you get better?

Drugs for depression or anxiety have nasty side-effects such as:

  • Nausea
  • Diarrhea
  • Constipation
  • Changes in sex drive or function
  • Drowsiness
  • Unusual sweating
  • Dizziness
  • Heartburn
  • Stomach pain
  • Extreme tiredness
  • Dry mouth
  • Greater appetite
  • Flu-like symptoms, including sneezing and runny nose
  • Unusual excitement

Or more seriously:

  • Hallucinations, which means seeing things or hearing voices that do not exist
  • Fever
  • Confusion
  • Fast or irregular heartbeat
  • Severe muscle stiffness
  • Thoughts about suicide or dying
  • New or worse depression or anxiety
  • Extreme agitation or restlessness
  • Panic attacks
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Unusual irritability
  • Anger or aggressive behavior
  • Impulsiveness
  • Mania, or an extreme increase in activity and talking
  • Other unusual changes in behavior or mood

Scary!! The first thing your doctor is likely to do is prescribe you a drug with these side-effects. So again, how do you treat low dopamine levels if you want to avoid all the insane side-effects of these drugs (that ARE extremely over prescribed)?

Acupuncture, herbs, supplements, meditation, exercise & a healthy diet have all been shown to increase & maintain dopamine levels naturally, safely & very effectively!!

Together, we can get you or your loved one on a path to great mental & physical health!! Keep in mind, this can happen to anyone at any age. My door is open to all. Everyone deserves to be their healthiest!!