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Endocrine Organs Affecting Mood
- Amygdala - The Amygdala influences fear and anxiety (activiation of stress hormones), feelings of pleasure (dopamine), and memory storage.
- Pituitary - The pituitary plays a role in regulating the adrenals via adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH).
- Adrenals - The adrenals regulate stress hormones such as cortisol and adrenaline.
- Thyroid - The thyroid regulates metabolism. Hyperthyroid creates excitability, irritability, and insomnia. Low levels can lead to depression, fatigue, and difficulty concentrating.
- Reproductive System - See below
Neurotransmitters Affecting Mood
- GABA - Calming hormone (sedative). High levels of this neurotransmitter inhibit nerve excitability. Low levels lead to nerve excitability i.e. insomnia, anxiety, lower stress tolerance.
- Serotonin - Well-being hormone. High levels = Happy, calm, focused & positive outlook. Low levels = depression & anxiety, negative outlook.
- Dopamine - Pleasure hormone - High levels create an experience of pleasure while low levels cause inability to experience pleasure.
- Substance P is a neuropeptide that transmits pain signals. It also triggers inflammation, vasodilation, and muscle contraction.
Adrenal Hormones Affecting Mood
- Cortisol - Stress hormone - High levels create anxiety and stress (Vata)
- Adrenaline - Terror hormone (Vata)
- Vasopressin (ADH) - Defense Hormone - High levels create territorial, defensive, and mating behaviors. Interestingly, this hormone prevents urination, is associated with moisture retention (Kapha).
Effect of Reproductive Hormones on Mood
- Estrogen - Low estrogen causes a decrease in serotonin and GABA, leading to depression and anxiety.
- Progesterone - Higher levels stabilizes GABA receptors, calming nerves. This is why women are sleepier during luteal phase. However, progesterone can also stimulate the amygdala, increase=ing irritability.
- Testosterone - Increases aggression
- Oxytocin - Bonding hormone - High oxytocin creates social bonding but also aggression towards outsides (territorial)
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