Neurotransmitter imbalance is at the heart of many, seemingly unrelated disorders. In fact, it is very common for a person to experience two or more disorders related to neurotransmitter imbalance, including depression and/or anxiety, trichotillomania, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) and/or migraines, to name a few. In particular, we often see people that have been diagnosed with trichotillomania that also experience depression and/or anxiety.

The Common Cause

The common link between trichotillomania and depression and/or anxiety is neurotransmitter dysfunction. Neurotransmitter imbalance can manifest itself in numerous ways; how it manifests and the symptoms experienced vary from person to person. However, achieving optimal neurotransmitter function through the targeted use of amino acid therapy will often eliminate or significantly reduce any symptoms caused by neurotransmitter imbalance. This includes the urge to pull associated with trichotillomania as well as feelings of anxiety and/or depression.

The Importance of Professional Guidance

Even though amino acid therapy can eliminate the symptoms associated with many disorders, it is crucial to work with a health care provider that is well versed in the clinical use of amino acid therapy to achieve optimal results. The use of amino acid therapy is simple in concept, but complex in application. The following diagram depicts the complex interactions associated with taking improperly balanced amino acids:



Illustration taken from Marty Hinz, MD

One look at this figure and you can quickly understand the importance of working with a provider that can help you navigate these complex interactions so you can achieve optimal neurotransmitter balance as quickly as possible.

The link between depression, anxiety and/or trichotillomania is neurotransmitter dysfunction. Working with a health care provider that is experienced with amino acid therapy can help restore optimal neurotransmitter function and eliminate the symptoms associated with neurotransmitter imbalance.