Do you have…?
Adrenal cortisol burnout
Alzheimer’s /memory problems
Fatigue and chronic muscle/joint pain
Decline in sex drive
Inappropriate hunger/food cravings
Physical or emotional stress
Inability to focus/concentrate
Depression or agitation
Excessive body fat
Very low levels of Dopamine in the motor areas of
the brain are known to produce Parkinson’s
Disease with symptoms such as:
Muscle rigidity and stiffness
Loss of balance and coordination
Gait (walking pattern) disturbance
Slowness or difficulty with movements
Aches in muscles
Tremors and shaking
Fixed, mask-like facial expression
Slow, monotone speech
Impairment of fine-motor skills
Falling when walking
Impairment in cognitive/intellectual ability
As Serotonin levels continue to drop, we become
more depressed. At this point, moderately low or
“two quarts” low, major changes occur
in those bodily functions regulated by Serotonin.
When Serotonin is moderately low, we have the following
symptoms and behaviors
Do you have…?
Chronic fatigue. Despite sleeping extra hours and
naps, we remain tired. There is a sense of being
Sleep disturbance, typically we can’t go to
sleep at night as our mind/thought is racing. Patients
describe this, as “My mind won’t shut
up!” Early-morning awakening is also common,
typically at 4:00 am, at which point returning to
sleep is difficult, again due to the racing thoughts.
Appetite disturbance is present, usually in two
types. We experience a loss of appetite and subsequent
weight loss or a craving for sweets and carbohydrates
when the brain is trying to make more Serotonin.
Total loss of sexual interest is present. In fact,
there is loss of interest in everything, including
those activities and interests that have been enjoyed
in the past.
Social withdrawal is common – not answering
the phone, rarely leaving the house/apartment, we
stop calling friends and family, and we withdraw
from social events.
Emotional sadness and frequent crying spells are
Self-esteem and self-confidence are low.
Body sensations, due to Serotonin’s role as
a body regulator, include hot flushes and temperature
changes, headaches, and stomach distress.
Loss of personality – a sense that our sense
of humor has left and our personality has changed.
We begin to take everything very personally. Comments,
glances, and situations are viewed personally and
negatively. If someone speaks to you, it irritates
you. If they don’t speak, you become angry
and feel ignored.
Your family will have the sense that you have “faded
away”. You talk less, smile less, and sit
for hours without noticing anyone.
Your behavior becomes odd. Family members may find
you sitting in the dark in the kitchen at odd times,
like at 3:00 am in the morning.
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