CHEMICAL IMBALANCE MEAN?
If you’ve been diagnosed with a mental health disorder, you’ve probably heard your doctor mention something called a chemical imbalance. But what does this really mean? Well, the body is made up of various chemicals. We usually call these enzymes, hormones, and neurotransmitters. So, when your doctor refers to your chemical imbalance as it relates to your mental health, they are talking about the neurotransmitters, or chemical messengers, in your brain.
As medical and neuroscience research expands, we’re learning more and more about the brain and how it functions. This research has led to some significant theories about neurotransmitters and their role in our mental health and brain functions. In your brain are billions of neural pathways that communicate with one another through the chemical exchange across synapses. So, when you’re diagnosed with anxiety, depression, ADD/ADHD, or any other mental health disorder, it’s believed that these chemicals are out of whack, or your brain simply isn’t making enough of them to function correctly – Hence the term “chemical imbalance.”