The neurotransmitters serotonin and dopamine work off of ‘The Seesaw Effect‘ in order to keep each other in balance. The up-regulation of dopamine for extended periods of time causes a depletion of serotonin and the up-regulation of serotonin for long periods of time ends up doing the same thing to dopamine.
Moderation and balance is especially important in the world of neurotransmitters and mental health. Although serotonin is responsible for regulating mood, appetite, and sleep it is known that excessive amounts of serotonin can leave an individual prone to apathy (lack of interest/zombie like behavior). And the same goes for dopamine, as excessive amounts may cause paranoia, mania, and overwhelming anxiety.
Sometimes pushing the seesaw in one direction with proper dieting or medicine will result in a balanced seesaw whereas other times pushing it will unbalance more than it already it is. When it comes to balancing your neurotransmitters, one must first know their state in terms of energy levels, emotional state (empathetic or apathetic), sunlight exposure, sleep rhythm, and appetite fluctuations in order to have a proper medical diagnosis.
Remember the four main electrolytes in the body?
Well, another concept that follows the seesaw effect is sodium and potassium. As levels of potassium go up in the body then sodium level goes down and vice versa. We will discuss the importance of sodium and potassium ratios and how important these two electrolytes are in the next post 🙂
“The reason why the seesaw has two seats is because that way there is always someone to bring you up when you go down.”