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Monday, June 23, 2008

The Four False Mood Types

I've written about Julia Ross before ... her book The Mood Cure is worthwhile mentioning again with this, taken directly from her website:

The Four False Mood Types

Each of the four mood engines in your brain, as represented above, needs a different amino acid fuel. The lower your access to amino fuel, the more False Mood symptoms you develop. The four emotion-generators in your brain are actually called neurotransmitters. Each one powers a different emotional zone in your brain and each has a distinctly different effect on your mood:

The Dark Cloud of Depression

If you’re high in serotonin – you’re positive, confident, flexible, and easy-going.If you’re sinking in serotonin – you’ll tend to become negative, obsessive, worried, irritable, and sleepless.

The Blahs

If you’re high in catecholamines – you’re energized, upbeat, and alert.If your catecholamines have crashed – you’ll sink into a flat apathetic funk.

Anxiety and Stress

If you’re high in GABA – you’re relaxed and stress-free.If there’s a gap in your GABA – you’ll be wired, stressed, and overwhelmed.

Oversensitive Feelings

If you’re high in endorphins – you’re full of cozy feelings of comfort, pleasure, and euphoria.If you’re near the end of your endorphins – you’ll be crying during commercials and overly sensitive to hurt.

You can replenish any deficiency in your own neurotransmitters using the amino acids as described in The Mood Cure.

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