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The Dopamine Thing LAURA777

Posted by PuraVida on February 5, 2003, at 17:58:46

In reply to Re: Provigil / Mirapex The Dopamine Thing not exactly, posted by LAURA777 on February 5, 2003, at 15:50:49

Hi Laura,

I am just revisiting the boards after a long time away looking for info/ideas on my current new state of apathy. Not that I'm depressed, at least, not according to how depression usually feels for me. It is more of a numbness, a nothingness - the negativeness of my typical depression isn't present. I too find myself just bored to death, and there is so much that I really should be doing. I know somewhere in my mind that the real me should want to be doing it! Yet, unlike typical depression, the "shoulds" don't cause a bit of concern for me at all - I just sleep, procrastinate, or enjoy my favorite hobby of late, drinking to pass the evenings away. This is fairly new for me, having had all episodes of depression so far and more recently anxiety, which has caused me to go on Topomax for mood stabilization. I actually don't mind it as much as the other states, but its not right, either, as I am normnally a very active, social, enthusiastic person. Especially that I need to self-medicate with alcohol to get myself motivated about anything at all.

Good thing is that there is a bit of motivation on both our parts to be here. Your post reminded me of a book I've enjoyed called Natural Prozac by Joel Robertson - I've posted about it before. He talks about two different types of depression - arousal and satiation, and how levels of serotonin, dopamine and norepinephrine get imbalanced. He suggests Wellbutrin, amphetamines and Ritalin as potential medications for low dopamine levels, as well as a host of natural remedies including high protien diets and strenuous exercise.

Anyhow, thanks for making me think a bit more on how to get myself unstuck...and best wishes -




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