What is Norepinephrine?

Neurological research has identified over 50 kinds of neurotransmitters. Scientists have found that several neurotransmitters are directly related to mental health problems. These specific neurotransmitters are Dopamine, Serotonin, Norepinephrine, and Gamma Aminobutyric Acid. A shortage or excess of these neurotransmitters are thought to generate psychiatric conditions related to anxiety, depression, ADHD, bipolar disorder, social anxiety and stress.

Norepinephrine is a neurotransmitter that is similar to adrenaline. High levels of norepinephrine can cause hostile behavior. Norepinephrine along with dopamine and phenylethalimine create feelings of infatuation. If children undergo excessive amounts of stress, they can acquire a permanent deficiency in serotonin and high levels of norepinephrine which can lead to long-term, aggressive behavior.

The nervous system responds to short-term stress with norepinephrine and epinephrine (adrenaline) which increase the heart rate and blood pressure. They also cause other actions within the body that prepare a person for a stressful situation. All of these chemical actions in the brain are responsible for launching a person into their natural defense mode (Fight or Flight).

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