Neurotransmitters which are also known as ‘chemical messengers’ are what most people associate with things such as depression, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, anxiety, or anything that would make a person be considered abnormal, misaligned, or crazy. From the opposite perspective they are the chemicals that make us motivated, ambitious, happy, generous, loving, and grateful. In order to understand the science behind these things, one must know the different neurotransmitters and the roles that they play in everyday life.
Lets take a look at the main types of neurotransmitters in our body which include adrenaline (epinephrine), noradrenaline (norepinephrine), dopamine, serotonin, gamma alpha butryic Acid (GABA), acetylcholine, glutamate, endorphins, histamine, and melatonin.
These neurotransmitters can be very complex in their mechanism of actions so here is a brief description for each:
Adrenaline is the fight, freeze, or flight neurotransmitter.
Noradrenaline is the concentration neurotransmitter.
Dopamine is the pleasure neurotransmitter.
Serotonin is the mood neurotransmitter.
GABA is the calming neurotransmitter.
Acetylcholine is the learning neurotransmitter.
Glutamate is the memory neurotransmitter.
Endorphins are the pain/euphoria neurotransmitter.
Histamine is the immune response neurotransmitter.
Melatonin is the rest and relax neurotransmitter.
Remember that there are dozens of other neurotransmitters and they all contribute to the fascinating chemistry inside of our brain and body!