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In this episode, we nerd out (a little!) over neurochemistry. Specifically, we’re talking about dopamine, the neurotransmitter that apparently factors most significantly in the brain chemistry of ADHD.
Dopamine is a neurotransmitter that is associated with the reward system in the brain. In ADHD, dopamine is not as available to the brain as it is in non-ADHD brains. Higher levels of dopamine are associated with pleasure, “liking” something, having a sense of well-being, and positive reinforcement. Science has basically established that motivation, at the cellular level, is a matter of dopamine.
Managing ADHD, at the most basic level, is a matter of managing dopamine.
What are activities or situations that increase dopamine for you? …that decrease dopamine levels?
We talk about this and much more in this episode!