Low dopamine symptoms and causes: what you NEED to know now.


We’re going to discuss low dopamine symptoms
in today’s video. I’ll also teach you about how dopamine is
made in the body, so that you can more easily understand what causes a dopamine deficiency. If you haven’t met me before, I’m Dr Janelle
Sinclair and on this YouTube channel we discuss natural remedies for depression and anxiety. So subscribe and hit that bell button so that
you’re notified about our new weekly videos. So let’s start with what dopamine is and dopamine
deficiency symptoms. Dopamine is a neurotransmitter, a chemical
messenger in the brain, a little bit like serotonin. I call dopamine the “feel-good” or reward
giving neurotransmitter, as it’s thought to be released in response to pleasurable situations
and also stimulates us to seek out that pleasurable activity. Dopamine is associated with feelings of euphoria,
bliss, motivation, and concentration, and is also involved in movement, sleep, learning,
mood, and attention. So common Low dopamine symptoms include lack
of interest in life and decreased motivation and drive. You may feel bored easily. Also depression, an inability to feel pleasure
and feelings of hopelessness. Fatigue, an inability to focus or impaired
concentration, are other low dopamine symptoms. Poor memory, altered sleep patterns, Restless
leg syndrome, resting tremor and Parkinson’s disease, are all symptoms of a dopamine deficiency. Low dopamine is often found in people with
impulsive behaviours and addictions. Because of the low dopamine levels that they
normally have, and the low mood and lack of interest in life that they’ll feel, a person
may seek out behaviours that gives a reward, and consequently a release in dopamine, which
then gives them a temporary feeling of pleasure. This can have benefits if the behaviours they
seek is positive such as sports, social, or maybe working, but be detrimental if the addiction
is to food, social media, computer games, drugs, sex or gambling. Unfortunately as a person seeks more and more
rewarding giving activities, it can deplete their body of dopamine or they can become
less sensitive to it. This leads to a vicious cycle of someone seeking
that release of dopamine, further depleting their body of dopamine, which leads them to
need more and greater intensity of that reward to give them some pleasure. Other than these addictive behaviours, there’s
other causes of low dopamine. So let’s discuss what causes low dopamine
levels To help you understand further causes of dopamine
deficiency, I want to first explain how dopamine is made in the body. If you understand how dopamine is made, it’s
very easy to see what some of the common causes are for a dopamine deficiency, and how to
treat it. So let’s have a look at how dopamine is produced. Dopamine is made from Tyrosine & phenylalanine. Phenylalanine is an essential amino acid,
which means that it’s essential that you get the phenylalanine from your diet. Phenylalanine is converted into the amino
acid Tyrosine in the liver and then tyrosine must be transported into the brain. The body needs to have a healthy insulin response
to do this. Once tyrosine is in the brain it is made into
Dopa by the enzyme tyrosine hydroxylase and the cofactors for this are folate and oxygen
(which is supplied by iron). Dopa is then converted into dopamine by DOPA
dehydroxylase and vitamin B6 is needed for this step. What a lot of people don’t realise is that
dopamine can be further converted into noradrenaline and adrenaline, that is norepinephrine and
epinephrine, both in the brain and in the adrenal glands. Remember noradrenaline and adrenaline are
involved in the fight and flight response, and if someone has long-term stress, they
produce a lot of these stress hormones. With this long-term stress and the adrenal
dysfunction that occurs, it can lead to a dopamine deficiency. So now if we look at the dopamine production
pathway, we can easily identify common causes of a dopamine deficiency. Firstly, not having enough of the phenylalanine
and tyrosine amino acids, and this may come from a poor diet or bad digestion. Secondly having a poor insulin response, which
means that tyrosine cannot be transported into the brain. Nutritional deficiencies such as low levels
of iron, folate and vitamin B6 are also other causes of low dopamine. And finally long-term stress causing adrenal
dysfunction, as I said can lead to a dopamine deficiency. Next week I’ll be discussing 8 natural ways
to increase low dopamine levels, so check that out when it becomes available. And if you’re struggling with low mood, watch
my video on the 5 biological causes of depression. Thanks for watching and I’ll see you in the
next video.

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