Hormones are directly involved with mood, mental health, happiness and neurotransmitter levels.
Hormones which may be tested include:
- Thyroid hormones
- Stress hormones, including cortisol and DHEAs
- Progesterone and Oestrogens
The Neurotransmitter Panel tests the neurotransmitters which control our mental health and moods. Either high or low levels of neurotransmitters can cause issues for our mental health and happiness, such as anxiety, depression, stress, ADHD and Parkinson’s.
Neurotransmitters tested include:
- Serotonin – associated with feeling happy and calm, low levels may be associated with anxiety, depression and insomnia.
- GABA –required for relaxation, calmness, lowering pain perception and sleep initiation, low levels may be associated with irritability, restlessness and insomnia.
- Dopamine – important for focus and motivation, memory, mental and physical alertness, low levels are associated with depression and apathy.
- Noradrenalin/Norepinephrine and Adrenalin/Epinephrine – mediates the body’s “fight or flight” stress response.
- Glutamate – required for GABA production, however elevated levels can be neurotoxic (excitotoxic) and create anxiety.