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Neurotransmitters & Your Health

  1. 1. Neurotransmitters & Your Health 5 Chronic Conditions Associated with Imbalances
  2. 2. Neurotransmitters are chemical messengers that relay information within the brain and throughout the body
  3. 3. Imbalances in neurotransmitters can cause the brain & body to be over- or under- stimulated, leading to psychological symptoms
  4. 4. Stress, diet, toxins, drugs, alcohol & nicotine are just a few factors that can negatively affect brain function
  5. 5. 5 conditions are commonly associated with neurotransmitter imbalance
  6. 6. 1. Anxiety & Depression – 16 million US adults have had at least one major depressive episode or experienced depressive symptoms (NIMH 2014)
  7. 7. 2. Insomnia – Short-term insomnia affects up to 20% of adults, while chronic insomnia (lasting over 3 months) affects about 10%
  8. 8. 3. Impulsivity – Disorders like OCD affect 3.3 million; the CDC also reports 11% of school-age kids suffer from ADD, while it affects 4% of adults
  9. 9. 4. Fatigue – About 20% of Americans claim to have fatigue intense enough that it interferes with living a normal life
  10. 10. 5. PMS / PMDD – Severe PMS affects 1 in 20 women; PMDD (pre-menstrual dysphoric disorder) affects 5-8% of menstruating women
  11. 11. If you think your neurotransmitters may be out of balance, there are steps you can take . . .
  12. 12. Download ZRT’s Neurotransmitter Patient Handout & take the brief Patient Quiz
  13. 13. Ask your doctor if neurotransmitter testing may benefit you. Click here for help finding a doctor.
  14. 14. Read more on neurotransmitters when you visit ZRT’s blog

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