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Dopamine

Influences movement, learning, attention, and motion. Excess dopamine receptor activity linked to schizophrenia. Starved of dopamine, the brain produces the tremors and decreased mobility of Parkinson's disease.

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Serotonin

Affects mood, hunger, sleep, and arousal. Undersupply linked to Depression; Prozac and some other antidepressant drugs raise serotonin levels.

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Norepinephrine

Helps control alertness and arousal. Undersupply can depress mood.

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GABA

A major inhibitory neurotransmitter. Undersupply linked to seizures, tremors, and insomnia.

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Glutamate

Major excitatory neurotransmitter; involved in memory. Oversupply can overstimulate brain, producing migraines or seizures, which is why some people avoid MSG, monosodium glutamate, in food.

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Acetylcholine

Enables muscle action, learning, and memory. With Alzheimer's disease, ACH producing neurons deteriorate.