Dopamine Deficiency: 8 Ways to Naturally Overcome Depression

A dopamine deficiency might be the underlying cause of your depression.

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Motivation, concentration, pleasure, euphoria, focus, and other positive feelings stem from our dopamine levels.

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Treating a dopamine deficiency can help you take back your health! How? First, you need to understand that depression is a disease that can be caused by a dopamine deficiency. In many cases, it is caused by actual physiologic changes in your brain.

Therefore, when you feel depressed, don’t think of it as a defect in your personality; rather, think of depression as you would any other illness. If you have a broken bone, you need to wear a cast to stabilize the bone while it heals. Likewise, if you have depression, you need to address the underlying “root problem” in your brain. And one of those underlying root problems just might be a dopamine deficiency.

The good news is that you are not powerless to overcome depression caused by insufficient levels of dopamine. You can use natural remedies—including lifestyle and diet changes—as well as dopamine supplements to increase dopamine levels in your brain.

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What Is Dopamine?

Dopamine is the brain chemical that allows us to have feelings of bliss, pleasure, euphoria, drive, motivation, focus, and concentration. But let’s start at the beginning. . . .

Your brain actually communicates with itself. That is, you have an intricately linked system of nerve cells called neurons that “communicate” with each other via specialized receptor sites.

Dopamine is a chemical (neurotransmitter) that is used by the nerves to send messages When a nerve releases dopamine, it crosses a very small gap called a synapse and then attaches to a dopamine receptor on the next nerve. When dopamine levels are depleted in the brain, the nerve impulses, or “messages,” cannot be transmitted properly and can impair brain functions: behavior, mood, cognition, attention, learning, movement, and sleep.

How Do I Know Whether I Have Dopamine Deficiency?

When there is a dopamine deficiency, emotions cannot be correctly regulated. Mental impulses that mitigate intense feelings of sadness are inhibited; therefore, the most common low-dopamine symptoms are the same signs associated with clinical depression (and, more specifically, major depressive disorder).

Let’s look at those low-dopamine symptoms:

14 Dopamine Deficiency Symptoms

  1. Lack of interest in life
  2. Decreased motivation
  3. Procrastination
  4. Inability to feel pleasure
  5. Altered sleep patterns
  6. Restless leg syndrome
  7. Fatigue
  8. Mood swings
  9. Excessive feelings of hopelessness or guilt
  10. Poor memory
  11. Inability to focus/impaired concentration
  12. Impulsive or self-destructive behaviors
  13. Addictions to caffeine or other stimulants
  14. Weight gain

Extreme dopamine deficiency—as in the case of Parkinson’s disease—causes a permanent and degenerative diminishing of motor skills, including muscle rigidity and tremors.

8 Ways to Treat Dopamine Deficiency

With that background in mind, consider the following dopamine-boosting tactics you can take to increase dopamine levels.

1. Decrease your sugar intake. Sugar alters brain chemistry by disrupting dopamine levels, which is one reason why people often experience a “sugar high” shortly after eating sweets. Just as alcohol and drugs can deplete dopamine levels, sugar does the same. In fact, sugar stimulates the exact same euphoric pathway targeted by alcohol and drug use—that is, the decreased dopamine levels lead to actual sugar addictions.

Whether initiated by alcohol, cocaine, or sugar, the compulsive behavior addiction is the same—an undeniable desire for dopamine. Limiting sugar intake will help fight this addictive dopamine depletion-sugar craving cycle. If you struggle with a sweet tooth, you can take chromium picolinate supplements to help decrease your sugar cravings.[1,2]

2. Take tyrosine. When your brain cells need to “manufacture” neurotransmitters for proper mood regulation, they use amino acids as the essential raw material. Amino acids are the building blocks of protein; there are 20 different amino acids that make up the protein our body needs.

The brain uses the amino acid l-phenylalanine as the source (precursor) for the production of dopamine. Phenylalanine is one of the “essential” amino acids; that is, the body cannot make it on its own so we have to get it from the foods we eat or from supplements. Once the body receives phenylalanine, it can convert it to tyrosine, which in turn is used to synthesize dopamine. So the way to increase central nervous system neurotransmitter levels is to provide proper amounts of the amino acid precursor.

Bananas, especially ripe bananas, are an exceptional food for regulating dopamine because they have a high concentration of tyrosine. Other foods that increase dopamine through the conversion of phenylalanine to tyrosine include almonds, apples, watermelons, cherries, yogurt, beans, eggs and meats.

It is important to note that dopamine foods alone generally do not have the therapeutic amino acid levels necessary to boost dopamine levels for someone experiencing major depressive disorder. To boost your levels of dopamine, dopamine-rich foods may not be adequate. Tyrosine supplementation may help.

3. Decrease caffeine intake. Even though coffee gives you the energy boost you need, just like sugar, it only offers temporary relief and may actually be doing more harm than good. After experiencing the initial kick caffeine offers, dopamine levels in the body decrease. So, go for a cup of decaf or at least minimize consumption of coffee to counter dopamine deficiency.[5] (See also our post Is Coffee Bad for You? Actually, It Offers a Host of Health Benefits.)

4. Set a routine schedule. One easy way to boost dopamine is to get in a healthy routine and stick to it. Your routine should include adequate time for work and rest. Ideally, your 24-hour day should include seven to eight hours of sleep per night in combination with periods of physical activity.

Under-sleeping and/or over-sleeping combined with lack of regular exercise can drain the brain of dopamine. Why? Proper sleep gives the brain time to recuperate from the day and recharge its stores of neurotransmitters.

5. Get consistent exercise. Regular physical activity increases blood circulation to influence the presence of many different hormones within the brain, affecting dopamine levels.

6. Decrease stress levels. High stress levels are also strongly correlated with dopamine deficiency. Stress can be caused by two sources: poor adrenal function and chronic daily life stressors. While we can’t always control our circumstances, there are stress safeguards you can utilize to help you deal with the day-in and day-out anxieties.

Remember, if stress is not handled properly, it can be devastating to your health. So, establish an ongoing plan that enables you to deal with stress effectively.

7. Correct a magnesium deficiency. Magnesium deficiency can cause decreased levels of dopamine, and natural health experts estimate that more than half of the U.S. population is deficient in this relaxation mineral.

If you’ve been eating a diet heavy in junk foods or processed foods, you probably have a magnesium deficiency. Common symptoms include food cravings (salt or carbs), constipation, high blood pressure, rapid heartbeat or palpitations, muscle pains and spasms, fatigue, headaches, and depression symptoms such as mood swings, anxiety, and irritability.

There are blood and urine tests your doctor can perform to determine whether you have a magnesium deficiency. However, these tests may not always be accurate, since most of the body’s magnesium stays in the cells rather than in the bloodstream or the urine. There is one lab test called a sublingual epithelial test that’s more effective because it checks for magnesium in the cells, where most of it is present. 

To perform sublingual epithelial test, your doctor will scrape under your tongue with a tongue depressor to obtain epithelial cells, which are then sent to a lab for analysis. Schedule this test with your doctor or start increasing your intake of magnesium.[6]

8. Take vitamins for depression. Dopamine is easily oxidized. The antioxidants contained in vitamins (such as vitamins C and E) protect the health of brain neurons that use dopamine. For this reason, many integrative physicians recommend daily multivitamins to their patients to help protect neurons from free-radical damage. Some believe that taking vitamins is a good way to make sure you’re getting an ample daily supply of the key nutrients you need to be healthy both physically and mentally.[7]

Share Your Thoughts on How To Increase Dopamine

Give us your experience with boosting dopamine levels. What has worked for you to increase dopamine, drive, motivation, and focus? Share with other readers your experience in the Comments section below. Your remarks can always be anonymous.

PS: Another major neurotransmitter related to depression is serotonin. Read more about serotonin deficiency symptoms here and how to boost levels here.


[1] “A Real Sugar High?” Psychology Today, January 1, 2003.
[2] “Sugar Can Be Addictive.” Princeton University Department of Psychology and Neuroscience Institute, December 10, 2008.
[3] University of Maryland Medical Center.
[4] “Tyrosine Depletion Lowers Dopamine Synthesis.” Brain Research, 2008 Jan.
[5] “Differential Effects of Caffeine on Dopamine and Acetylcholine Transmission in Brain Areas of Drug-naive and Caffeine-pretreated Rats.” Neuropsychopharmacology. 2002 Aug; 27(2).
[6] “Evidence for the involvement of the monoaminergic system in the antidepressant-like effect of magnesium.” Progress in Neuro-psychopharmacology & Biological Psychiatry, 2009 Mar 17;33(2):235-42. Epub 2008 Nov 27.
[7] Harvard School of Public Health.


Originally published in 2012, this post is regularly updated.

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  • The best way to stabilize dopamine is to decrease sexual activity.

  • Elina

    Thanks for sharing the list dopamine boosters. What about green tea ?

  • Kevin J.

    I am using dha, epa , tryosine and phenylalaline, and this works!

  • The most destructive habit that will lead to a dopamine deficiency is masturbation, especially if it involves pornography. If you have an addiction to either, it will act as a drug and your brain will alter dramatically and deplete you of dopamine. I suffer from dysthymia along with bouts of major double depression. Eliminating sexually addictions has helped me immensely after battling years of depression.

  • low d.

    Shouldn’t it say “which is represented as +/+”?

  • already doing the 8 steps above. Still have low dopamine because constant hunger esp after eat.

  • Already doing the 8 steps. Still have low dopamine levels.

  • These articles never mention which doctors or clinics will address or test for deficiencies. Even at UCLA, my psychiatrists (I’ve had a few different ones) showed no interest in addressing root causes,, preferring only to prescribe the common drugs. Where are the doctors who apply this research?

  • Very great post. I simply stumbled upon your blog and wanted to say that I’ve really loved browsing your blog posts. After all I’ll be subscribing for your rss feed and I am hoping you write once more soon!

  • This is helpful. I went to my doctor with depression, I believe low dopamine, he just wanted me to take a pill. I am going to try all of the above. Thanks again

  • 2-3 cups of coffee at work give me a buzz that makes me feel positive, sociable, and productive. Pre-workout drinks on an empty stomach also give me sustained energy and focus. I’ll have to try multi-vitamins to see if they work on my anxiety.

  • Sajid M.

    I used l- tyrosine for about 50 days on empty stomach but nothing positive

  • I have found taking magnesium to be an excellent boost for all brain chemicals.

  • I was so depressive that I was unable to sleep, quarrelled and even thought of suicide. Then one Christian leader told me that the root cause of depression is not praising the GOD. I got up early in the morning around 6 am and read 1 Chapter from Psalms and 1 Chapter from Bible Gospels everyday in low voice. Then I do praise and worship of God Jesus for some 7 minutes . Believe me my depression vanished over a period of three months. This is the most suitainable natural remedy and I’m the proof. Praise the Lord Jesus.
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  • I was so depressive that I was unable to sleep, quarrelled and ate like an elephant. Then one Christian leader told me that the root cause of depression is not praising the GOD. I got up early in the morning around 6 am and read 1 Chapter from Psalms and 1 Chapter from Bible Gospels everyday in low voice. Then I do praise and worship of God Jesus for some 7 minutes . Believe me my depression vanished over a period of three months. This is the most suitainable natural remedy and I’m the proof. I’ve prescribed the same to a man with suicide tendencies and it worked for him too. Praise the Lord Jesus!

  • Thank you. will follow the advice on exercise, 7 hr sleep and following a routine. Fully agree with Mike( June 23, 2016) The most destructive habit that will lead to a dopamine deficiency is masturbation, especially if it involves pornography.

  • With all this technology it seems there would be a way to test for low dopamine, serotonin, etc. instead of trial and error with endless anti depresants over months and years. No wonder the suicide rate is so high.

  • Sorry, I wrote a second longer more detailed comment because I didn’t think my first one was long enough to be accepted

  • I was prescribed hydrocodone-acetaminophen for pain. I felt wonderful, happy, relaxed, peaceful and energetic. However, I grew resistant, needing higher and higher doses. I am off medication now and trying to find healthy alternatives. If anyone else has had success, I would appreciate input.

  • Jim, I couldn’t agree with you more. This is the frustrating part about having this illness. The doctor’s only seem to want to push pills instead of doing actual tests to find the root of the problem. I recently started taking some anti-depressants, as well as anxiety meds, which work for a month or two, but then after taking them everyday, the high tolerance to the pills makes them ineffective.. Then what? Try something else that may or may not work. It’s an endless wild goose chase for happiness. I’ve been smoking marijuana for many years, and honestly, it’s the only thing that makes this “monster” that I feel like I am, finally subside for awhile, and I can live a normal life. From experience, I can tell you that this does work, maybe not for everyone.. but if you’ve reached your breaking point, and you feel there is no hope for you… let your pre-conceived notions go, do some research on it, and find out if it could help you too. I’d be 6 feet deep right now if I hadn’t discovered marijuana, and that’s just the harsh truth.

  • I find taking phenylalanine, tyrosine and magnesium very helpful. Also, exercise, decrease stress and DEFINITELY decrease sugar intake. I’m pretty sure this bout of depression was brought on by my high sugar intake over the holidays. I also do have an autoimmune thyroid condition and gene mutation which affects my liver’s ability to break down stress hormones so, this is an ongoing struggle for me between intense anxiety and complete apathy. Highs and lows. It’s much better when I am on a strict diet but I get lulled into feeling like I can handle it and, before you know it, I’m like Will Ferrel’s Elf pouring maple syrup on spaghetti. (Not literally…I don’t eat spaghetti)

  • Great article thank you. I have really low dopamine levels. I was taking dr cabots liver tone and was wondering why I was lot more motivated and feeling better. It’s the turmeric in it.
    I’m also very low on magnesium. Every damn night I have cramps. I get sick of popping pills. But. I need to get my magnesium insurplus I guess and then I can down the dosage. I’ll target my magnesium levels and get them up. See how I go. Thanks to all those that commented. Helped a lot ?

  • Beth: I have Bipolar & major depressive disorder. As I have not had the mania in several (7) years & been very depressed my psychiatrist switch me back to Prozac. A month ago I began taking magnesium separate from my bipolar meds as well as taking my other vitamins hours before or after taking my prescription meds (depakote, xanax). How do the supplements work w/ prescribed meds? Doctors just blow me off when I ask about vitamins.

  • I have found that vitamin B injections twice a month help. Also eating protein at each meal, small
    meals thru the day. Magnesium helps relax so can sleep. 30 minutes of whatever exercise one is able to do daily. Doing whatever makes you happy every day also. Also massage, reflexology are good too. Best of luck

  • From a young age I realized that I was always a lot “lower” than everyone else. I was always tired, got sick easily, and generally unhappy. In my teens I discovered alcohol and drugs and felt better than I ever did…. for about a decade. Then that came crashing down on me as alcoholism and addiction will. So I quit it all, went to meetings, “found God”, etc. but my health went on me. It was like I was pickled all those years and when I stopped my body fell apart. Like you see in the movies where a car takes beating after beating as its driving and then when it finally stops the whole thing falls apart, doors, wheels, and all. That was me in a nutshell. Here I am 17 years later at 45 years old wanting to just die and get it done with. I won’t commit suicide but I have so many problems now I cannot work and am a useless piece of meat.
    I just got a DNA test done through my Dr.s office. They went thru the company Proove Biosciences, Inc. · Proove Medical Laboratories, Inc in California and I am not shocked at much. It shows I have low serotonin, dopamine, etc. which makes perfect sense as the only time I felt how people normally did was when I was starting to catch a buzz.
    So what am I supposed to do? I am in too much pain to work never mind exercise and I cannot do anything at all anymore before I am pale, shaking, out of breath, and feeling like I am going to pass out. I have all types of issues wrong with me so things won’t get better soon but at the same time I don’t want to die because there is too much I want to learn and see but at the same time I cannot deal with going on like this either.
    I guess there isn’t any answer and I’m not really expecting anyone to have one… but sometimes we’re just behind the rest of the pack “right out of the gate” (as in a dog race)… it sucks that I can only feel normal when high and I cannot even go that route anymore either as I am married to one unfortunate woman and seeing as she already married a lemon I don’t want to make her life worst by me returning to that life. I don’t want to return to it either though as too many bad things happened at the end and all of the good times were long gone but one can’t help but wonder if it is my only way of having a life.. as what I have now is no life at all.

  • Hi Joe S.
    I just happened upon your comment today. You are a valuable life and worth so much more than just a piece of meat. You will recover but you will have to rebuild yourself bit by bit over time, don’t expect to fix it all at once. Begin with what the tests revealed – the serotonin and dopamine levels. Get your Dr to recommend good anti-depressants that will begin to redress the imbalance in these. Once things are improving there, maybe you can start to work on one aspect of your health – e.g. diet, exercise etc, but again, don’t set yourself impossible goals. And keep loving your wife. She saw good in you to make a life covenant with you, you do have it within you to lovingingly serve her, as she does you.
    You’ve “done God” but He hasn’t done with you. You are worth something; you are special and unique. Be well!
    David
    (Scotland)

  • Stephanie C.

    Joe S:
    I think I know how you feel, and I’m so, so sorry. I sincerely hope you are doing better and have found some ways to improve your life. Reality can be harsh and it’s certainly far from fair. The only advice I can think of that might help is this: you have to keep trying. Not to have a life like someone else’s, but just to live as well as you can under your own circumstances.

    I hope this helps a little.

  • I have found Keto (no sugar, no grains, etc. ) helpful. Also for the person previously, pickle juice is great on muscle cramps. Am 60 and am ADHD. Started adderall for the first time (low dose). While it is working, I would like to go without and need to increase dopamine to do so. Good article. Thank you.

  • My doctor prescribed Tramadol off label as an antidepressant since those don’t work well for me. I am not addictive. I was in a dreadful situation that kept me depressed, crying, and without energy. One Tramadol tablet gave me the backbone to get up and do what needed to be done. I have changed my situation and get by fine on most days without any Tramadol. I do take one tablet or half one on hard days. I also take L-Tyrosine and vitamins. Guess I need to add magnesium. I feel sure I have low dopamine and seratonin. Tramadol increases seratonin. Enjoyed reading this blog.

  • I have to do a gratitude practice every day to keep me from going under plus a really good diet, and adding supplements this year has got me even stronger. I got myself a hair mineral anaylsis done at a reputable company in the US, and practitioners trained by the company work out the minerals the person needs from there hair analysis results. All vits and mins were pretty much depleted for me, and mercury and aluminium were too high which can also cause crazy brain upsets.

    Also, if I can get up with or before the sunrise I do so much better the rest of the day. They say there’s an uplifting energy in the air before sunrise and I believe them. If I had the energy to, I’d get up at 4:00am to get as much of it as possible but my energy would be obliterated by the afternoon. I remember reading a study on depression where participants were asked to get up at 2am every day (and to bed very early of course) and their depression vanished.

    The gratitude practice I do is from Andy Shaw’s A Bug Free Mind where you think of things in your life that bought you joy – can be the teeniest or obscure moments – can be in childhood or any other period in your life – and you gather as many of these as possible, and think upon them one at a time, with the intention of having feelings of joy/gratitude for 15 mins at a go.
    The energy of gratitude is a joy that apparently can gradually gradually dissolve and heal.

  • Sylvia

    At 56, I have suffered from depression on and off, all of my life. At times, its gone and I feel as though it will never return. But it does. And when it does, it can deep, dark and take months to recover from. Recovery required concerted effort on my part to bring me back to balance.

    I am a coeliac and am hypoglaecemic. I was incredibly fortunate to be treated by an Orthomolecular Psychiatrist (OP) for about 6 years, until he stopped practicing and subsequently passed away. He did give me many of the answers. My simple understanding of OP is that it seeks to have all things in balance in the body – vitamins and minerals. My specialist tested for deficiencies in both and auto immune diseases, along with lots of things I can’t recall. He changed my diet dramatically and prescribed vitamins and minerals. When I followed his advice exactly, I was a different person within 6 weeks. I jumped out of bed and dealt with life and stress happily and with energy. I lost weight very quickly without dieting (my weight had been out of control since pregnancy). I was a single parent in unstable housing, living in poverty and studying a high level degree at the time, so lots of stress.

    The 8 steps here all worked. For me, with Coeliac’s and hypoglaecemia, I needed to make other dietary changes. They worked. One of the most stunning changes was taking sugar 100% out of my diet. The low level of depression I was living with disappeared. These days, I probably only take sugar in alcohol, which I haven’t managed to give up completely. Wish I didn’t enjoy it but I do. And yes, it does knock me around. For me, more than one bottle of dry wine a week is a no-no. That’s just me.

    When I’m on my diet and supplements path, I do really well. I look younger than my years and my weight is in check. At times though, I wander off my path and I really suffer for it. Sometimes, I want to pretend I’m normal and can eat whatever I want. That never extends to wheat or gluten but dairy knocks me around pretty badly, as do many other things. If I eat dairy, grains, carbohydrates of any description, beef, corn, fried food, anything which raises blood glucose levels (carbs, sugar, fruit, honey etc) and drink even my small quantities of wine, I drop into depression within a week. It can take quite a while to haul out again. And lets face it, when you’re down there, you’re down there alone. No-one is coming in to help or guide you out. Loneliest place on the planet. Such a waste of life.

    Long story short? For me, natural things like diet, supplements and exercise help dramatically but you need to stick to it. That’s the bit I’m not always good at. Mia culpa.

  • Dear Joe–

    Nutritional supplements may be beneficial for you. Our bodies need micronutrients to make the various neurotransmitters, enzymes, proteins, energy that we need–and these can get severely depleted in the course of living. Stress, lack of sleep, depression, age, coffee, sugar, addictions all take a toll.

    I urge you to take a look at this book, which has been very helpful to me. (And despite the name, the book is useful to nonaddicts as well.)
    https://www.amazon.com/Seven-Weeks-Sobriety-Alcoholism-Nutrition/dp/0449002594/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1489012985&sr=1-1&keywords=seven+weeks+to+sobriety
    You can scroll through the table of contents on the Amazon site. It’s a lot to take in at once–I have reread it several times and keep it on hand as a reference.

    You might also consider consulting with a naturopathic physician to get recommended supplements. (Medical doctors don’t usually subscribe to nutritional therapies for various reasons.) Also, a medical doctor or therapist if you feel emotionally at risk.

    I have been through a severely stressful decade that left me barely functional. Then I started reading about nutritional remedies for my ailments, and began feeling better immediately when I started taking supplements. Over the past year my health has improved enormously, and though I still have a ways to go, it has been therapeutic to be active in my own healing. I keep a running list of which supplements I’m taking and why, and update it every month or so as things improve or not.

    It is very positive that you are reaching out for help. Please don’t despair. I think you will succeed. Good luck to you.

  • Matthew K.

    I lost my imagination power,poor cognition,memory & brain power after treatment for very high dopamine level & of old.THE WRITINGS ON THIS WEB PAGE IS SO HELPFUL FOR ME I ASSUME NOW I HAVE. A DOPAMINE DEFICIENCY IN ME I GAIN VERY CV WRIGHT TOO.I AM SO DEPRESSED NOW

  • Matthew K.

    Sorry for typing mistake,i treated for ocd &high dopamine level after treatment my dopamine level shot down highly now I am very depressed l have suicidal tendencies some times i lost my imagination power what to do

  • Barbara D.

    I have also heard that low dopamine levels can lead to obesity as a person who has this problem is never satisfied; they are always hungry. My youngest son may have had this problem of low dopamine levels because he was very depressed and weighed 500 lbs., and died when he was 38 years old of a heart attack.

  • Took a screenshot of the popup “no thanks i dont want to be happy or healthy” for declining your ad. Will be sending it to my lawyer if it not changed in a reasonable time. Ill give you two weeks.

  • Hello David (February 9). Jehovah God hears our cries, when we call unto Him in the name of Jesus Christ. If we confess our sins to Him, He is faithful and just to forgive us and create in us a new being. A new being full of hope and peace for a better life even here on Earth. I would like to encourage you to read the book of Job in the Old Testament of the Holy Bible. I have often found it encouraging when I am at a low point in life. The man Job lost his children and all of his belongings. He was afflicted by a terrible disease but he got through that difficult time because he sought his strength from Jehovah. Trust and hope in Jehovah, David. He will give you the strength to live each day. I pray that you have peace and joy in your heart, and you are healed of all your sicknesses in Jesus’ name Amen.

  • Hello Joe S. (February 6). Jehovah God hears our cries, when we call unto Him in the name of Jesus Christ. If we confess our sins to Him, He is faithful and just to forgive us and create in us a new being. A new being full of hope and peace for a better life even here on Earth. I would like to encourage you to read the book of Job in the Old Testament of the Holy Bible. I have often found it encouraging when I am at a low point in life. The man Job lost his children and all of his belongings. He was afflicted by a terrible disease but he got through that difficult time because he sought his strength from Jehovah. Trust and hope in Jehovah, Joe S. He will give you the strength to live each day. I pray that you have peace and joy in your heart, and you are healed of all your sicknesses in Jesus’ name Amen.

  • Hello Joe S (February 9). Jehovah God hears our cries, when we call unto Him in the name of Jesus Christ. If we confess our sins to Him, He is faithful and just to forgive us and create in us a new being. A new being full of hope and peace for a better life even here on Earth. I would like to encourage you to read the book of Job in the Old Testament of the Holy Bible. I have often found it encouraging when I am at a low point in life. The man Job lost his children and all of his belongings. He was afflicted by a terrible disease but he got through that difficult time because he sought his strength from Jehovah. Trust and hope in Jehovah, Joe S. He will give you the strength to live each day. I pray that you have peace and joy in your heart, and you are healed of all your sicknesses in Jesus’ name Amen.

  • Due to chronic depression diagnosed when I was 32, I started trying almost all. But I don’t like medicine. Especially not pills that numb you. I’m still new to supplements (and I hope they work). However, recently I discovered a yogic breathing technique called “bhramari kumbhaka” (humming bee breathing technique) that is amazingly helpful to overcome moods swings, anxiety, and irritability (or anger). It doesn’t help with: lack of interest in life and decreased motivation but it does keep you feeling deeply calm and peaceful (even in stressful situations). It would be amazing if your University team would consider doing a study on why these yogic breathing techniques impact our brain, calming us down. But I’m posting this comment primarily for all the people out there who are in pain due to the devastation rooted in depression and the helplessness that arises when you’re incapable to overcome it. OM AH HUM

  • Doctors Gabor Mate,MD, and Gordon Neufeld, Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology, both with about 40 years experience say that we are designed to get endorphines to our brains through the attachment connections, and when we do not, we have deficiencies. When we seek to fill this need through other means can bring a temporary fix, but there are always side-effects. These are not fulfilling and become addictive. I’m not saying to never take medicine, just likely when you understand what is happening, you might not need it over time after taking corrective measures. You can read their book: Hold On to Your Kids or hear one of their lectures on YouTube. They are both international keynote speakers. I think their book is translated into about 14 languages. Dr. Mate’s book, When the Body Says No, is translated into 29 languages. These are research based, scientific books that are self-evident and resonate with people.

  • David

    I am really impressed with the common decency shown by the comments in support of one another after reading this article. I’ve taken notes on life style changes and supplements mentioned. I have suffered from some form of depression my whole life and i have internalized those feelings into a belief system that I am inferior, not smart enough, overweight, incapable of finishing anything, unlovable and worthless. I have struggled to fight these feelings and have made some progress and have achieved some accomplishments but its a daily struggle and as I get older it gets harder. I am seeing a therapist but I believe her abilities are limited. I now believe I have a low dopamine and serotonin condition and hope I can find the right physician to help. I’ve seen some religious messages in the comments and I do support faith as a rudder to help us but I can see how too much can turn people away. A more subtle message may be more powerful. God helps me in ways that I cannot ever begin to count this is how I know God loves me, I’ll leave it at that. Best to all of you, please continue to share what works.

  • GOOD H.

    Thanks for the valuable information , this will help so many people to make their life better .
    Good Work

  • Sara C.

    My daughter’s doctor recommended that she take an anti-depressant. Because my daughter had previously had some unwanted side effects from other drugs, I was unhappy for her to go this route. I went online and saw that something called SAMe seems to be helping many people. Although some people do have side effects, it sounded more natural (it’s sold over the counter) than what the doctor was suggesting. I believe it’s not recommended for people with psychosis. My daughter hasn’t been using it long enough for us to decide if it’s helping or not, but it may be worth for other people with depression to check it out.

  • Shaun B.

    Ive started thrashing out in my sleep acting out my dreams… a bit of research has led me to the point that REM sleep is disturbed as in its a parasomnia. Im worried about hurting my partner as I sleep. Lst night I pulled a lamp off the table.. last week I kicked really hard a set of drawers injuring my foot. Disturbingly Ive seen it be a poss early symptom of parkinsons disease or dementia.. and that worries me. So researcdh has led me to this page.. so from now Im going to look at exercise.. caffeeine withdrawal.. alcohol withdrawal and eating good foods to increase dopamine……

  • The only problem which wasn’t mentioned is this. dopamine by itself is very unstable in blood stream therefor it decomposes before it riches to brain. The best method is using combination of L dopa and Carbidopa. Carbidopa is a type of protector of dopamine which stays with it until in brain releases dopamine.

  • Benson S.

    I like you have put this out. Natural ways to possibly increase dopamine are great, compared to say L-dopa or other drugs. I just want to say a few things. Dopamine is a complex beast. We are still trying to figure out how its receptors work. It is also found not only in the brain, causing more complexity (for instance in the intestines, where more dopamine is not a good thing). In the brain, it has 4 major pathways, effecting reward, motor, cognition and weight\body mass. In these 4, different levels are optimal. So a certain level good for one can be bad for another. If you somehow know the problem is not enough dopamine, this article is great. However, it is usually way more complex than that. Say you have enough dopamine, but not enough DRD1 receptors. Than dopamine will have less effect. Guess I am saying, it is usually not a simple matter of having too much or not enough dopamine. It is great natural ways can increase dopaminergic function, though.

  • I was diagnossed with major deppressin and ADD on Amen Clinics.
    The diagnse was mada throght a scan where they saw my neurotransmissors desconected. The send me something called SAME. This is an aminoacid which helps produce dopamine. The also sent me Tyroxine. I buy all at their web page. I feel super good in very short time. Full recomended.

  • Ashley M.

    For the past 20 years I had been taking allergy shots and they had helped to keep my lungs clear, but after moving across country and being tested by two separate allergists who said I didn’t have allergies, but chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) my allergy shots stopped. One and a half years ago I started sweating profusely, worse than during menopause. Water literally dripped off my face. Gradually it started to disappear. The less the sweating became, the more I became breathless until I was gasping for air walking across a room. My lungs started to fill up with mucus which eventually turned into pneumonia. I lost touch with reality.I started on Health Herbal Clinic COPD Herbal formula treatment in May 2017, i read alot of positive reviews on their success rate treating COPD disease through their Herbal formula and i immediately started on the treatment. Just 7 weeks into the Herbal formula treatment I had great improvements with MY breething ,I am unbelievably back on my feet again, this is a breakthrough for all COPD Patients, visit Health Herbal Clinic official website www. healthherbalclinic. net

  • Anonymous

    I’ve been involved with spiritual healing for a number of years. The most prolific healer in recorded history recommended loving your neighbor and loving God..If you go beyond religious belief paradigms, you may see that God is yourself. So, love yourself and love everyone else – actively. This is the real key to physical and emotional healing – but you have to do it at a very high level in order to see practical, real-world results. You can use every moment of your life to practice this. Read ‘Love Can Open Prison Doors’ by Starr Daily – I think you can still read it for free online. He talks about the technique of sending love out to everyone as much as possible. One thing though – To really be able to do this technique consistently, it REALLY helps to be in an up/energetic mood/mindset. To that regard, some of the natural supplements mentioned here can be helpful. Magnesium, niacin, tyrosine, SAM-e, etc. But if you can get your hands on some Nutiva Hemp Oil, you may find a remarkable difference. It’s available at the Vitamin Shoppe if you are in the USA..or you can just order it on Amazon. A tablespoon in the morning and at night can work wonders for depression. Just search the internet for people using Hemp Oil (not the more expensive CBD oil) for depression. Best wishes.
    p.s. – That healer I mentioned, you can hear a lot about him on youtube. His name was Bruno Groening. Many people believe he was the last incarnation of the big JC. I’ve had numerous mystical experiences with him over the years – I can tell you he’s the real deal.

  • Margaret L.

    Around age 60 I noticed that my handwriting was getting smaller and I was writing faster. I also noticed a small tremor in my right hand. The doctor went over my different symptoms and he suspected I’d either had a small stroke or the beginnings of Parkinson ‘s disease. After finding a neurologist and some testing I was diagnosed with the beginning stages of Parkinson’s disease. That was 4 years ago. I take Sinimet four times a day to control my symptoms, which include falling, imbalance, gait problems, swallowing difficulties, and slurring of speech,December 2017 our family doctor started me on Mbeki Herbal Clinic Parkinson’s Disease Herbal mixture, 5 weeks into treatment I improved dramatically. At the end of the full treatment course, the disease is totally under control. No case of dementia, hallucination, weakness, muscle pain or tremors.

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  • kortne A.

    I have had emphysema for about five years. I was on oxygen during the day but not at night. I could go about two hours without the oxygen, and then I need it. I had a converter in the house and oxygen tanks for when I go shopping, etc. I am 64 years old and in relatively good health. The doctor said it was caused by a combination of smoking, dust here in Vegas, and 30 years of smog in California. I believed I will always need the oxygen to breathe. I quit smoking 15 years ago. But the damage has been done. January 2017 my pulmonologist and I decided to go with natural treatment and was introduced to Green House Herbal Clinic natural organic Emphysema Herbal formula, i had a total decline of symptoms with this Emphysema Herbal formula treatment. Visit Green House Herbal Clinic official web-site ww w. greenhouseherbalclinic. com. The infections, shortness of breath, fatigue, dry cough and other symptoms has subsided.  I am very pleased with this treatment. I breath very well now and exercise regularly, sometimes i totally forget i ever had Emphysema, I am thankful to nature, the medics failed. Share with friends!!

  • Karem P.

    I am a 47-year-old man. My Parkinson’s disease appeared at the age of 39. My symptoms, at the beginning, were fine tremors and rigidity with joint stiffness. I was taking entacapone with levodopa, carbidopa, and pramipexole. My Parkinson’s disease was under control, but not totally reversed. After countless hours of online research and trial & error. What worked for me was Parkinson’s disease herbal remedy I purchased from Best Health Herbal Centre. I only used the Parkinson’s disease herbal remedy for five weeks. Now my Parkinson’s disease is totally reversed, am totally free. I am so grateful for my success all thanks to Best Health Herbal Centre.

  • To balance your mineral needs eat a banana at night – which helps you sleep – and get plenty of fresh pineapple during the day. (Like a whole one!)
    Check out the nutrients in both and you’ll see why. … or – just try it.

  • Julie K.

    I had my thyroid burned out radioactively for hyperthyroidism, now I am hypo and take Armour Thyroid. I have restless leg syndrome very bad. I have stiff joints. I tend to feel somewhat depressed, have no energy, motivation, enthusiasm. I crave sugar, and am fighting a gambling addiction, thus pretty sure I have low dopamine and seratonin levels. I also would guess I’m storing magnesium in my cells and it is not being utilized in my body as it should be. Interestingly enough, every time I go through a scanner at the airport it shows metal in my most fatty areas of my body. I want help! I don’t know where to turn. Regular doctors are not getting to the core of my problems.

  • John K.

    Julie K. I would look into the scanners showing metal in your body, talk to your doctor about that if you haven’t already. If you solve that issue it might help with other problems. It also sounds like you do have dopamine problem. Good luck.

  • Becky S.

    Julie, I also have RLS and am on meds for low thyroid. Some meds for RLS are known for side effects of causing impulsive behavior like gambling. Perhaps a different type of Rx will help?

  • Healthy Consumer F.

    Does turmeric have any affect on dopamine or just serotonin?

  • LeeAnne C.

    Nicotine–note I did NOT say tobacco. Multiple peer reviewed studies show efficacy in issues such as dopamine related depression without the health effects of smoking. When researching make sure you are reading about nicotine not tobacco or smoking. A nicotine patch or lozenges are effective means of increasing dopamine.

  • SABYASACHI S.

    FROM INDIA. I HAVE LOW DOPAMINE. JUST ORDERED RESVERATROL SUPPLEMENTS ON AMAZON. TO EVERYONE HERE, ALL GOOD SITES ON THE NET SAY THIS IS GOOD FOR LOW DOPAMINE. I AM HOPING FOR THE BEST.

  • SABYASACHI S.

    I believe articles on this site, as it is uhnews. So maybe you say the correct /truthful things. Does not appear as if you are being paid to write incorrect data. Anyways.

  • I’m 26 and feel like I’m going through a midlife crisis. The only things I can do is lay in bed and think about how terrible life is. Can’t sleep. Have no energy. Started taking adderall because I found through research that it really helped people with problems. I was diagnosed as a kid with adhd and was never put on any medication. Which I’m greatly appreciative of. I think. I am not addicted because I know I can put it down. But I why would I? I know I will be ok if I don’t have it. That’s not the issue. I went to adderal because of the same feelings that come back when I’m off it. I’ve always been a deep thinker. There’s something I’m not seeing clearly and I’m just masking my issues and I cannot figure out what it is. I went through a break up and that really hurt and that’s what started me looking for a solution. When I found adderall it restored my faith in myself that I could be happy and function. But after I had been on adderall for about 3 months I started coming down off the “high” I had from experiencing a new stage of life and I started thinking about LIFE again. Not about a girl anymore but life. So now I’m on adderall, I’m becoming less active, less motivated, but all the while my brain is still processing many many things at once and I focus on a hundred different thoughts and play out those thoughts in my head. And I love it. It’s good to plan. But I get to the end and realize that path is not what I want and I get this huge overall sensation of depression for about 1 second because I think I’ll never find a solution. And it consumes ALL of me for such a short amount a time. It’s like I’m on the verge of sever suicidal thoughts and every now and then I slip off the edge. And it happens everyday. Worse when I’m on adderall. So obviously it makes my anxiety worse. Usually up to 20 times a day. One of my issues is not knowing what I want to do for money to survive this world. I’m very talented at almost anything I want to become good at. I was that kid from a small town who was good at every sport growing up. I flipped cars when I was 15 and flipped houses when I was 22. Everyone knew my name. Somewhat of a celebrity in my little town. Anyway I made it out of that town with aspirations of MLB or NFL and my junior and senior year of college I had two consecutive season ending injuries. The last one did it in for me. NFL chances were within reach and mentally I wanted it but I knew physically I couldn’t. Most football players agree that every practice is like being in a car wreck. Been playing since I was 7 so you do the math. Completed 19 out of my 19 total years of preparation I had available to get to the nfl and in the last moment my dream was ripped out from under me. But in reality…it was just the beginning. Now, I got thrown into this scenario where I have to do things I don’t like in order to function in society. Like find a career that I have to do everyday all day in order to stay alive. And when I try to pick one of my talents to focus on…I play that “life” out in my head and realize I don’t want to do that for the rest of my life. Every. Single. Option. Fails. I just want to go back to how I saw the world as a kid. I want to be happy again. I want to be a dreamer. I just moved back into my moms at home and have 3 little brothers and sisters. They are so happy usually. And when they’re upset it’s over irrelevant things. What happened to that? What happens to us as we grow??? Why do we lose the adventurous, courageous, spontaneous, colorful life we grew up with?? It’s society. The whole world really. I am a very very deep thinker and I feel like I’ve found the truth to life and it’s depressing as all get out. I feel as though I lost my will to live. I look around at the world and what a terrible place it is. People slave all day just to get a few hours at night to relax and sometimes be around family. Some are worse than others. People deal with death in their family, families are apart most of the days with work and school, debt they can’t get out of, severe depression, poverty, it’s 2019 and people still give af about what color your skin is…it’s endless. People think they have the right to judge. God says he who judges another is judging me for I am the Holy Ghost and the Holy Ghost is you. The only people you see happy are the smiling faces Sunday morning and the rich and famous. And most of the time it’s all a front. I came across this post because I had enough and I just want to learn why I feel the way I feel. Why do all of us live this life? What is the point? I am not talking suicidal I’m just openly talking and asking opinions. I hit a real hard point in my life recently and when I got officially diagnosed with adhd and minor depression I asked to be on adderall. So after I started taking it consistently my mind improved, my mood improved, I wasn’t over endudgeing on food, I was able to shut out the part of me that was always thinking about life and what it is and what I’m doing with it. I felt normal for once. I was going through the motions. But after a while I realized I didn’t want to be normal. I didn’t want to live a busy life just so I can ignore the pain I know is there. I don’t want to be like the other zombies that slave all day. Lots of people say on here that you just have to push through. Why? How? For what? What are we pushing through for? Just to ignore the pain we know is there?? We walk this earth with programmed life and expect to be happy. It’s like we’re all born into a job. People used to roam the earth and claimed things that they made or killed. Now you can’t even collect rain water without the potential of getting arrested. People “push through” these thoughts and wash them away and become completely consumed by society and then before it’s too late.. earth consumes us(death). Are we just supposed to push through till it’s over? I wasn’t to enjoy and cherish not push through. If life is just a lesson can we not fail? How do you decide what to do with your life fully knowing you’re just going to work until you die? Knowing currency and debt rule all now. Who thought they were God and could change the world? Everyone these days are so selfish (usually forced to be) and it’s so depressing. I don’t think I would ever free myself from this world voluntarily but if you knew when you left you’d be going to a better place..it’d be hard not to say bring me death. My main issue is I have no will to live. Not that I want to kill myself..but I’ve just lost my drive. And I can’t find a way out of this deepening hole. I show all signs and symptoms with everyone on this post under 50 yrs and I’m going to try the things other people have said to improve my wellbeing. I’m glad I came across this. Maybe someone will see my story and feel comfort that they aren’t the only one. I know I would.. cause right now I feel like it’s me against the world and damn that shit is getting heavy.

  • Carmelita

    Shane,
    First, I’d like to say… great message. Deep stuff.
    I think you’re going to be okay, especially with so much wisdom and such theological thinking you got, you’ll be just fine. I’d recommend not focusing on the world or how terrible it can be (of course, that is, in your perspective) but focusing on how YOU can make the world a better place. You could write a book on your struggles, hopes, dreams and influence hundreds, thousands of people! You could impact people in more ways that you can imagine. And while I write this, I will say that this message goes out to everyone, here, on this thread and to everyone struggling with depression or anxiety or low mood levels in general.
    I believe that there is a solution. And I believe wholeheartedly that there would not be a problem, without a potential solution somewhere out there. I’ve read 90 % of this message/comment thread … so to mostly everyone on here, I read your stuff 🙂
    This world is beautiful and you are all beautiful. Your eyes and your mind, your brain and spirit DECIDE what the world looks like. This is no joke. Your perspective is everything. Your beliefs are everything. Your brain paints the picture, your body experiences it. I have only experience and advice to offer, but life has shown me more than once that conquering depression or low dopamine levels or whatever the hell it is, that is negative or is interruptive, that it is a constant war. A never ending battle. But again, it all depends on your perspective. Fresh air, even when you don’t feel like it, get it. It’s good for you. Sunshine… great for the penial gland, can’t debate that. Water, swimming in ocean or gym or anywhere— amazing for you. Smiling, even faking it, great for you, tricks your mind and brain to believing you’re happy, or at least almost there. Laughter, works wonders. Watching comedies, playing table games with friends like Clue or Operation or cards or anything Twister or whatever in the world! As long as there is company, good, positive company then you’re on your way to better health mentally and physically, emotionally and spiritually. Reading valuable and inspiring material is always recommendable, depressed or not. Taking cold showers or at least rinsing off with cold water at the end- releases more dopamine. Shocks your system. Eating rich-dopamine foods like this article says, always a plus. Eating less in general, releases more dopamine. And I don’t mean starve yourself.. I mean, eat less 🙂 50- 100 calories a day less is a great start. Eating less carbs, or no carbs has amazing results! At least that did for me… I can also say from experience, prayer works. And you don’t even have to believe in God, or believe in anything! Just believing in prayer itself is enough, I think. Read articles & do more and more research
    … people all over the world agree meditation and prayer work miracles, whether you’re a believer or not. Something about talking it out and releasing all your anxiety upon someone else, someone bigger than you or bigger than the universe itself— something about trusting someone or something other than yourself, just brings that peace and serenity that is hard to find somewhere else, that calmness within that’s real and not a temporary, fake relief, but the prayer and meditation that lasts as long as you’re willing to do it, and believe that it works. Faith really does do it. And love? Love overcomes it all, truly. “The greatest of these is love” ..
    Love wins in the end, everybody knows that. 🙂
    By loving yourself, you learn how to love others and by loving others you learn to love the universe and everything else around you. Love conquers fear. There is no fear in love. Love yourself. And if you don’t, learn to. Read and read and watch documentaries, or videos of real life situations where people struggled with loving themselves but eventually found a way. Or should I say “love found a way.” Thing is, depression or low mood levels or depletion of dopamine, I think, interferes with love… loving yourself or other people. And that’s where it all starts. Vicious cycle that is. You hate yourself or don’t like yourself so you release that “I don’t like myself” into the world and the shame , and the blame, just projects into the atmosphere and the environment should I say, around you. You avoid people and situations where social events happen, you avoid your family and loved ones, and simply “don’t feel a thing” . You just exist. Well, who wants that life?! I sure don’t. And nor should anyone else! Just existing does not sound like what God intentended us to do, I’m sure, when He created us. And like I said, whether you’re a Christian or an atheist, if your life sucks, it sucks and I’ll argue that no one actually wants their life to suck, or their attitudes for that matter. So here’s my advice, if anyone wants it, it’s free 🙂 … 1) Find a good doctor, take blood tests, take all the kinds of tests you need to see what’s actually going on with you , 2) Find something or go back to something that you’re passionate about or think you’re passionate about, and DO IT !!!
    3) Maybe get some sort of a pet you can find comfort in. I’ve read a lot on people reporting they’re much happier just from either having a dog or a cat or any pet really.
    4) Avoid coffee. Tea is better, especially calming tea like chamomile, (also Oolong tea helps with aid loss) Just substituting fruit or flavored drinks with tea helps, that is not debatable.
    5) Vitamin D-eeeeeee , C & Iron = take it. Along with Omega 3s fish oil
    6) Take showers every day. Feeling low or depressed, take a shower, brush your teeth again , floss, put lotion on your legs or for guys maybe put cologne on or anything that shows “I am taking care of myself, because I love and respect myself” works, whether you think it does or doesn’t, your brain listens to you and this “taking care of yourself” affects you subconsciously for sure.
    7) Make a to do list every day morning or mid day. Check things off. This will give you sense of accomplishment, following of course more dopamine release. Yayyy
    8) Workout, exercise, move! Movement helps tremendously. Even a 30 minute walk is proven to help you feel better, duh.
    9) Find a spiritual thing you can do. Meditation, yoga, prayer, reading the Bible, listening to inspirational things, or motivational — anything that makes you believe in yourself and deters you from feeling like crap, do it. (of course only if it’s healthy and positive, and human friendly
    10) Essential oils. Diffuser at home, Lavender linen spray- anything that relaxes your spirit and mind surround yourself with it. Again, that is healthy and good for your well being and others of course.

    I have to go now.
    Hope I’ve helped somehow, if not, I’ll keep doing my research more and more and pray someday I’ll be able to truly help someone indeed.

  • Shahid

    I’m lucky to see this article and read the comments. Most of them are really interesting which I may try. God bless those behind this topic and appreciate their effort.

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