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- Chemical Imbalance in the Brain: What You Should Know
- The Role of Neurotransmitters
- Disorders of Neurotransmission
- The Role of Neurotransmitters
Chemical Imbalance in the Brain: What You Should Know
Back to Schizophrenia. The exact causes of schizophrenia are unknown. Research suggests a combination of physical, genetic, psychological and environmental factors can make a person more likely to develop the condition. Some people may be prone to schizophrenia, and a stressful or emotional life event might trigger a psychotic episode.
However, it's not known why some people develop symptoms while others do not. However, having these genes does not necessarily mean you'll develop schizophrenia. Evidence that the disorder is partly inherited comes from studies of twins. Identical twins share the same genes. This is true even if they're raised separately. In non-identical twins, who have different genetic make-ups, when a twin develops schizophrenia, the other only has a 1 in 8 chance of developing the condition.
While this is higher than in the general population, where the chance is about 1 in , it suggests genes are not the only factor influencing the development of schizophrenia. Studies of people with schizophrenia have shown there are subtle differences in the structure of their brains.
But they suggest schizophrenia may partly be a disorder of the brain. There's a connection between neurotransmitters and schizophrenia because drugs that alter the levels of neurotransmitters in the brain are known to relieve some of the symptoms of schizophrenia.
Others have found a change in the body's sensitivity to the neurotransmitters is part of the cause of schizophrenia. Research has shown people who develop schizophrenia are more likely to have experienced complications before and during their birth, such as:. These kinds of experiences, although stressful, do not cause schizophrenia.
However, they can trigger its development in someone already vulnerable to it. Drugs do not directly cause schizophrenia, but studies have shown drug misuse increases the risk of developing schizophrenia or a similar illness. Using amphetamines or cocaine can lead to psychosis, and can cause a relapse in people recovering from an earlier episode.
Research has shown that teenagers and young adults who use cannabis regularly are more likely to develop schizophrenia in later adulthood. Page last reviewed: 11 November Next review due: 11 November Brain development Studies of people with schizophrenia have shown there are subtle differences in the structure of their brains.
Pregnancy and birth complications Research has shown people who develop schizophrenia are more likely to have experienced complications before and during their birth, such as: a low birthweight premature labour a lack of oxygen asphyxia during birth It may be that these things have a subtle effect on brain development.
Triggers Triggers are things that can cause schizophrenia to develop in people who are at risk. Drug abuse Drugs do not directly cause schizophrenia, but studies have shown drug misuse increases the risk of developing schizophrenia or a similar illness.
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The Role of Neurotransmitters
Inborn Metabolic Diseases pp Cite as. This chapter deals mainly with inborn errors of neurotransmitter metabolism. Defects of their receptors and transporters, and disorders involving pyridoxine vitamin B 6 and its derivative, pyridoxal phosphate, a cofactor required for the synthesis of several neurotransmitters, are also discussed. Five disorders of monoamine metabolism are discussed: Tyrosine hydroxylase TH deficiency impairs synthesis of dihydroxyphenylalanine L-dopa , and causes an extrapyramidal disorder which responds to the latter compound. The other disorders of monoamine metabolism involve both catecholamine and serotonin metabolism. Treatment of its deficiency is more difficult and less effective.
Disorders of Neurotransmission
Mental illness, also called mental health disorders, refers to a wide range of mental health conditions — disorders that affect your mood, thinking and behavior. Examples of mental illness include depression, anxiety disorders, schizophrenia, eating disorders and addictive behaviors. Many people have mental health concerns from time to time. But a mental health concern becomes a mental illness when ongoing signs and symptoms cause frequent stress and affect your ability to function. A mental illness can make you miserable and can cause problems in your daily life, such as at school or work or in relationships.
The Role of Neurotransmitters
These target cells may be in glands, muscles, or other neurons. Billions of neurotransmitter molecules work constantly to keep our brains functioning, managing everything from our breathing to our heartbeat to our learning and concentration levels. They can also affect a variety of psychological functions such as fear, mood, pleasure, and joy. In order for neurons to send messages throughout the body, they need to be able to communicate with one another to transmit signals.
NCBI Bookshelf. We can all be "sad" or "blue" at times in our lives. We have all seen movies about the madman and his crime spree, with the underlying cause of mental illness. We sometimes even make jokes about people being crazy or nuts, even though we know that we shouldn't. We have all had some exposure to mental illness, but do we really understand it or know what it is?
Neurotransmitters are chemical messengers in the body. Their job is to transmit signals from nerve cells to target cells. These target cells may be in muscles, glands, or other nerves. Nerve cells, also known as neurons, and their neurotransmitters play important roles in this system. Nerve cells fire nerve impulses. They do this by releasing neurotransmitters, which are chemicals that carry signals to other cells. Neurotransmitters relay their messages by traveling between cells and attaching to specific receptors on target cells.
Schizophrenia, Impulse control disorder (ICD) and Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). Keywords: Neurotransmitters, Psychology.
That the underlying disturbance in psychotic illness is one of neurohumoural transmission is suggested by the facts that the symptoms of the disease are ameliorated by agents with actions on specific transmitter particularly monoamine mechanisms and that psychiatric disturbance resembling affective illness and schizophrenia can be induced by agents with actions on the same transmitters. However direct evidence for the postulated transmitter disturbances remains tantalisingly elusive, particularly in the affective disorders where post-mortem studies which might have been expected to reveal the predicted disturbance of monoaminergic transmission have yielded negative findings. In schizophrenia an increase in D 2 dopamine receptors detected both in post-mortem and in recent in vivo imaging studies remains as a possible correlate of the disease process. Most users should sign in with their email address. If you originally registered with a username please use that to sign in. To purchase short term access, please sign in to your Oxford Academic account above.
A chemical imbalance in the brain is said to occur when the brain has either excessive or insufficient chemicals, called neurotransmitters. Neurotransmitters are natural chemicals that help ease the communication between your nerve cells. Examples include norepinephrine and serotonin. The hypothesis is sometimes called the chemical imbalance hypothesis or chemical imbalance theory. In fact, the medical community has largely disproven it.
Back to Schizophrenia. The exact causes of schizophrenia are unknown. Research suggests a combination of physical, genetic, psychological and environmental factors can make a person more likely to develop the condition. Some people may be prone to schizophrenia, and a stressful or emotional life event might trigger a psychotic episode. However, it's not known why some people develop symptoms while others do not.
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