Depression, Panic Attacks And Brain Chemistry



One of my favorite things to work with in the human body is brain chemistry because resolving it often resolves a lot of other issues because an imbalance can cause several issues. The most common are depression and panic states though other conditions can arise from it. This article will explore emotional stress and how it affects brain chemistry.

It Starts With Stress
The human body can be stressed by its environment, toxins, diet, thoughts, emotions, stress, relationships, the way we think of ourselves and more. When an animal body, including and especially humans, is exposed to stress an instinctual fight or flight reaction happens. This reaction causes a cascade of chemicals to release so the danger can be dealt with. The problem is that most people in today’s world experience more of this in a year than our ancestors did in 60 or more years. And, this impacts the brain and its chemistry.

Hypothalamus Degeneration
One of the things that happens is a degeneration of the hypothalamus, at the base of the brain near other important glands like the pituitary. In fact, it often shrinks. This leads to more serious conditions than a simple chemical imbalance. Many scientists are starting too suspect that there is a connection to Alzheimer’s. One of the biochemists I study with asserts that this is the case as well as causing other mental degenerative conditions.

How This Happens
The reason for this is that when emotions are experienced the impact on the body is through the hypothalamus. Emotions cause the hypothalamus to release of small signaling proteins, an amino acid peptide. These neuropeptides have a very strong affect on the body, especially when there is a steady stream of them. This and other factors affect the brain as well as other systems in the body in a negative way. Short term would be fine, we’re designed to deal with that, it’s the constant flood of stress that causes the eventual problems.

The specific issue that a person may experience is dependent of a lot of things. Genetics, toxicity, upbringing, culture, diet and other issues cause a particular path of dis-ease. This can be depression, dementia, panic attacks or a general feeling of panic, even basic behaviour.

The Adrenal Connection
This is all in addition to adrenal fatigue which happens because the adrenals produce hormones to help the body deal with stress. Eventually they grow weak and compensate by delivering fewer hormones and in less quantity. If it gets bad enough they stop producing the hormones that regulate sodium and potassium, the only tests that doctors typically have for adrenal fatigue. This is well beyond simple adrenal fatigue symptoms, heading quickly towards death.

The body’s reaction to stress is what leads to adrenal fatigue as well as other serious conditions. There’s even more to the story of neuropeptides and the problems excess amounts cause. Little is known by the medical community about the connection to stress, adrenal fatigue and brain chemistry though they are starting to figure it out. Fortunately there are holistic practitioners that have found solutions to some of these problems. I’ll cover those in later articles or perhaps a book.

Meet the Author

Hello and welcome to my blog! There are several reasons I decided to start writing a blog on natural self-healing. The main thing I want to do is to share information on health and healing so that people can take action to heal themselves using natural techniques. I have met so many people who couldn't afford natural health care. They may have had health insurance, but they didn't trust that model. Many people want to know how to be healthy naturally. They want to know what really works and what doesn't. They want to be health conscious and often fail because of poor information, lack of knowledge, bad science and other factors. This blog is intended to help demystify the body and its various functions and to help people understand what is really needed to obtain optimum health. One of the great things about knowledge of the body is that once you know and understand how it works it becomes easy to know what the right things to do for it. And, it is much easier to do the right things when the consequences of the wrong things are fully understood. To do this I will be drawing from the knowledge of many people that I have learned from. I will talk about biochemistry relating that to what is needed to obtain optimum health. There will be information about the physical structure of the body and how to keep that aligned and functioning well. A major part of yoga has to do with health, so information about yogic techniques will be included. Mental and emotional health are important for the health of the body/mind, so articles about these topics will be included. And, there will be an occasional article about me and what I am up to. Hopefully I can relate that back to some health issue as well. The title Self Adjusting Technique comes from my technique for self-adjusting the structural part of the body, that is adjusting the body's various vertebrae and joints. For this blog it will include the idea of how to adjust health issues for yourself and those you care about. With a little knowledge there is a lot people can do to help heal themselves and stay healthy. I want to explain complex information about the body in a way that is easy to understand and useful. The comments section will help in that goal as people can ask for clarification if there is something they don't understand. And maybe we can get some helpful input from people smarter than me that will benefit us all. I hope you find information that can help you with your health issues. Kalidasa

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