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The Science of Neurotransmitters

At Acadian Care we will advise therapy by a LPC or psychologist whenever indicated to help alleviate symptoms. However, there are times when even therapy is only so helpful. In these instances medicine becomes a viable option. Many of the medicines used by a psychiatrist or a psychiatric nurse practitioner help neurons (brain cells) speak with each other. Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD/ADD), Depression, and Anxiety can all be helped by allowing the brain’s own communication proteins to work as intended.  Just as glasses help us see our best by allowing the cornea to transmit light correctly to the retina, medicines can help brain cells transmit proteins so that they can “see” each other correctly.  For instance, many times in ADHD the body is reabsorbing these transmitter molecules too quickly or not producing enough of them. One class of ADHD medicine slows the re-absorption process a little to keep these proteins between brain cells longer to do their job.

We’ve provided a video below, for educational purposes only, to best illustrate what is happening in the brain at the cellular level.  This video is not specific for any disorder but rather gives a visual overview of how one brain cell communicates with its neighbor.  Pay close attention to the end of the video to see the neurotransmitter proteins leaving one cell to communicate with another cell by passing through post synaptic protein channels.  In many disorders it is a deficiency of these transmitter proteins that is the problem. For more questions about this process please feel free to ask your child psychiatrist, nurse practitioner, or pediatrician.

(We very much hope that you have enjoyed this article and video. Please remember that nothing in this article is meant to be given as any type of medical or psychiatric advice and is for informational and educational purposes only.  This article is not intended to substitute in any way for professional medical or psychiatric advice, diagnosis, or treatment.  Always seek the advice of your physician, psychiatrist or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding any medical or psychiatric condition. We strongly advise that you never disregard professional medical or psychiatric advice or delay in seeking advise because of anything you have read on the Acadian Care website.  Thank you. )