1″Dopamine (contracted from 3,4-dihydroxyphenethylamine) is a hormone and neurotransmitter of the catecholamine and phenethylamine families that plays a number of important roles in the human brain and body. Its name derives from its chemical structure: it is an amine that is formed by removing a carboxyl group from a molecule of L-DOPA.“ Dopamine has many uses and its more than just a feel good chemical its more of a ” let’s do that again” chemical. For example when we listen to our favorite song and we feel chills (don’t worry if you don’t feel chills only some people can) that’s dopamine telling you ” we like that, listen to again”. This is the reason we can become addicted to anything. We listen to our favorite song it causes a dopamine release in our brain we listen again and again eventually become dependent on music to make us good becoming addicted to music. While this is not a particularly bad addiction it can still be a stumbling block for some. Being away from “our” music can cause us stress and anxiety. Making us not so pleasant to be around. The same thing for drugs and alcohol. We smoke once with friends then again saying “I will never be addicted to cigarettes” but, we do and it happens so fast we don’t even notice until we don’t have one to smoke and we don’t understand why we are so grumpy. So the moral of the story is don’t get addicted to stuff it makes you grumpy.
“Giving up smoking is the easiest thing in the world. I know because I’ve done it thousands of times.”
– Mark Twain
- Mrs. Hybner participates in her Master’s degree commencement ceremony @10 am Saturday 11/08/14
- A fun video about ecosystems