Decriminalize suicide - Clinical Psychologist

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Comment: Dopamine, the Pleasure Molecule

2017-03-23 17:04:04
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Decriminalize suicide - Clinical Psychologist

"...every individual has a chemical in the brain known as dopamine hypothesis..."

I think our dear journalist meant "a chemical in the brain known as dopamine". Yes, there is a dopamine HYPOTHESIS, and that is not a chemical.

All the major brain chemicals (neurotransmitters) are involved in mood disorders, like depression: SEROTONIN, NOREPINEPHRINE, GABA, ACETYLCHOLINE. But, DOPAMINE remains the star, as the main pleasure molecule. It is now known that almost all pleasurable activities involve the release of dopamine. Even enjoying a delicious meal involves its release.

Nature put it there to MOTIVATE us in doing things. In fact, there is a reward center in the brain (nucleus accumbens) where the release of dopamine is regulated, and very much implicated in drug addiction.

Also, other chemicals, like the nicotine in tobacco, produce pleasure by indirectly stimulating the release of dopamine.

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. ..AGBESI KWESI on Mar 23, 2017 16:46
Tekonline.org on Mar 23, 2017 17:04
Dopamine, the Pleasure Molecule
JOHNSON AGYEKUM on Mar 23, 2017 21:32