Serotonin and wellbeing

(What you can do to diminish depression, stress and anxiety symptoms)

Regarding feelings, we all, of course, prefer to be happy, fulfilled and enthusiastic.

However, there are also some very difficult feelings, but which are unavoidable, even beneficial. These are called by psychologist Julia Ross, ‘true emotions’. These can be unbearable sometimes, but they are very important. For example, grief helps us to move through our losses, true fear warms us to danger, and true anger defend us from abuse. Just as well, true shame teaches us to grow and change.

True emotions typically pass, or diminish naturally, and if/when they get repressed, they can be relieved through therapy. However, when pain of a broken heart does not mend, and when psychotherapy have no/ or low impact, there can be a biochemical error, called by the same psychologist mentioned before, ‘false mood’.

The brain and the false mood

Our brain is responsible for most of our feelings, both true and false. Together with some other areas in our heart and guts, it transmits feelings through four highly specialized and potent mood molecules. If it has plenty of all four, it keeps us as happy as we can be, depending of our life circumstances. But if our brain runs low on these mood transmitters (because of coping with stress, some genetic issues or because we aren’t eating the specific foods it needs,) it will stop producing normal emotions.

In the last thirty years, neuroscience has been studying the workings and effects of the brain. And drug companies have been using this information to create products, which give our emotional equipment a quick charge.

However, there is more and more information available, about specific foods, vitamins and supplements that are exactly what our brain needs that they can correct emotional malfunctions.

Under a dark cloud

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