The Four False Mood Types
Adapted from The Mood Cure‘s Chapter 1
Each of the four mood engines in your brain needs a different amino acid fuel. The lower your levels of amino fuel, the more False Mood symptoms you develop. The four emotion-generators in your brain are called neurotransmitters. Each one powers a different emotional zone and each has a distinctly different effect on your mood:
The Dark Cloud of Depression
- If you’re high in serotonin – you’re positive, confident, flexible, and easy-going.
- If you’re sinking in serotonin – you’ll tend to be negative, obsessive, worried, irritable, and sleepless.
- If you’re high in catecholamines – you’re energized, upbeat, and alert.
- If your catecholamines have crashed – you’ll sink into a flat apathetic funk.
Anxiety and Stress
- If you’re high in GABA – you’re relaxed and stress-free.
- If there’s a gap in your GABA – you’ll be wired, stressed, and overwhelmed.
- If you’re high in endorphins – you’re full of cozy feelings of comfort, pleasure, and euphoria.
- If you’re near the end of your endorphins – you’ll be crying during commercials, overly sensitive to hurt, and reaching for comfort to sugar, starch, alcohol, or other drugs or behaviors.