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Perhaps I don't sound intellectual enough for you

Posted by janejj on December 17, 2001, at 17:04:36

In reply to Connected to dopamine ? Is this idea flawed ?, posted by janejj on December 17, 2001, at 12:06:00

> Hi
> Thanks for your replies everyone. I read somewhere that Caffeine is a bit like an amphetamine and increases levels of dopamine in your brain making for a happier person. Dopamine is also supposed to be implicated in social phobia as well, because levels are low. So perhaps now that my seratonin levels have increased, I am much more senstitive to Caffeine and any increase in dopamine. Meaning that seratonin and dopmine levels need to be high enough for me to be a sociable person ! So by asking my doc to add wellbutrin, which increases Dopamine levels, to Prozac. I could cure my social anxiety?
> What do you think ? I'm no neuroscientist so is this idea flawed in any way ?
> Thanks in advance
> Jane
> >
> >
> > Jane,
> >
> > I noticed that when I took Prozac. I think the Prozac (as with many SSri's)loosens up that "switch" in your head that gets "stuck" allowing your brain to be more cognitively flexible. It makes it easier to flow and shift gears with the context of conversations. The coffee increases your alertness, so you are more "tuned-in" to what everybody else is saying-you listen better. I don't know about the difference between tea and coffee, but tea generally has a lot less caffeine.
> >
> > Mitch




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