In the 1950s, scientists first coined the phrase— “chemical imbalance in the brain.” Ever since that time, the phrase has garnered quite a bit of attention. Many people who suffer from mental health disorders such as depression or anxiety refer to a chemical imbalance being at the root of the problem. When the chemicals in your brain do not balance properly, then a depression treatment center in Ft Lauderdale is necessary to regain your mental health.
What is Depression?
Depression is much more than having a bad day. Depression is a chronic, long-term illness that is debilitating. Some of the symptoms that people with depression experience include:
- Extreme sadness
- Sleeping difficulties
- Loss of appetite or eating too much
- Loss of interest in things you once enjoyed
- Unexplainable aches and pains
How Do Brain Chemicals Play a Part in Depression?
When you have a depression chemical imbalance, the main chemicals affected are the neurotransmitters norepinephrine and serotonin. Let’s look at each of these chemicals to see how they may affect depression. “Norepinephrine is a chemical released from the sympathetic nervous system in response to stress. It is classified as a neurotransmitter, a chemical that is released from neurons.”
This neurotransmitter is connected to how you feel. It also affects your stress. If you get a sudden and rapid increase in norepinephrine, then you will feel panicky. If you get an average boost in this chemical, you’ll feel pretty happy, and if you get a higher amount, you’ll feel euphoric.
“Serotonin is an important chemical and neurotransmitter in the human body. It is believed to help regulate mood and social behavior, appetite and digestion, sleep, memory, and sexual desire and function.”
When you have lower amounts of either norepinephrine or serotonin, you will likely experience depression.
Often when people sense a chemical imbalance in their brain, they seek to balance things out by taking drugs that enhance the way they feel. Opioid drugs, alcohol, and others work on the opioid receptors in the brain. However, the chemical changes in your brain when you do drugs are artificial and not long-lasting. Additionally, you risk addiction and substance use disorder too. It’s best to seek out treatment at a qualified center.
Help for Chemical Imbalance at Serenity House Detox & Recovery
At Serenity House Detox & Recovery Florida, we offer several detox programs to help you get back on your feet. Some of our programs include:
- Alcohol Detox
- Cocaine Detox
- Opioid Detox
- Xanax Detox
- Meth Detox
- Benzodiazepine Detox and Narcotic Detox
Don’t let depression and a chemical imbalance control your life. You can find peace of mind and stability through seeking treatment at a quality drug rehab. Contact us at 866.294.5306, and we’ll get you on the right road to happiness.