Serotonin Deficiency

1. Is alcohol your drug of choice? If yes, 3 points
 
2. If you have used marijuana, does it have a relaxing effect on you? If yes, 2 points
 
3. Have you ever obtained relief from symptoms of depression by taking antidepressants such as Prozac, Paxil, or Zoloft? If yes, 5 points
 
4. Have you ever gotten relief from your symptoms by taking 5HTP or the amino acid tryptophan? If yes, 5 points
 
5. Does eating high-sugar foods or processed carbohydrates relax you and/or relieve your irritability and anger? If yes, 4 points
 
6. Do you often have the sense that you’re “out of sync” or not attuned to what’s going on around you, and that a few drinks gets you “reconnected?” If yes, 2 points
 
7. Do you have a history of angry and irritable depression? If yes, 2 points
 
8. Do you have a regular pattern of unexplained rages or a history of explosive or assaultive behavior? If yes, 3 points
 
9. Do you have a history of sleep problems, especially waking up early and not being able to get back to sleep? If yes, 2 points
 
10. Is there a history of depression in your family? If yes, 2 points
 
11. Do you often experience symptoms of gastrointestinal distress, including gas, bloating, loose stools, constipation, and/or abdominal discomfort? If yes, 3 points
 
Total of 12 to 15 points: You are probably serotonin-deficient.
 
Total of 16 or more points: You are very probably serotonin-deficient.

The Serotonin PAK may be right for you.

GABA Deficiency

1. Are sedatives, sleeping pills, or “downers” your drug of choice? If yes, 5 points
 
2. Is alcohol your drug of choice? If yes, 2 points
 
3. Does alcohol relax you or help you to sleep? If yes, 4 points
 
4. Have you ever obtained relief from symptoms of anxiety by taking prescription drugs such as Ativan, Klonopin, Valium, or Xanax, or by taking sedatives? If yes, 5 points
 
5. Do you often have symptoms such as headache, irritability, and/or dizziness when you go four hours or more without food? If yes, 5 points
 
6. Do you have a history of panic attacks or severe anxiety? If yes, 3 points
 
7. Do you have a tendency to be thin or underweight? If yes, 2 points
 
8. Do you have problems sleeping, especially falling asleep? If yes, 2 points
 
9. Do you have sugar cravings? If yes, 2 points
 
10. Is there a history of anxiety or panic disorder in your family? If yes, 2 points
 
Total of 12 to 15 points: You are probably GABA-deficient.
 
Total of 16 or more points: You are very probably GABA-deficient.

The GABA PAK may be right for you.


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Endorphin / Enkephalin Deficiency

1. Are heroin, Darvon, codeine, morphine, methadone, Oxycontin, and/or other opiates your drug of choice? If yes, 5 points
 
2. Have you ever had difficulty stopping the use of painkilling drugs such as codeine, morphine, Darvon, methadone, or other opioids? If yes, 3 points
 
3. Do you use drugs or alcohol to carve out a respite or “time out” from a very busy, active life? If yes, 4 points
 
4. Have you ever been diagnosed with Post-Traumatic-Stress Disorder (PTSD)? If yes, 5 points
 
5. Are you troubled by chronic pain, such as back pain, headaches, etc.? If yes, 1 point
 
6. Do you have difficulty enjoying pleasurable experiences much of the time (and not just when you’re feeling down)? If yes, 1 point
 
7. Do you have low pain tolerance? If yes, 3 points
 
Total of 10 to 13 points: You are probably endorphin-deficient.
 
Total of 14 or more points: You are very probably endorphin-deficient.

The Endorphin PAK may be right for you.

Catecholamine Deficiency

(Dopamine and Norepinephrine)

1. Is either cocaine or amphetamines your drug of choice? If yes, 5 points
 
2. Do you smoke cigarettes, or use nicotine in another form, such as smokeless tobacco? If 1 pack per day or less, 1 point. If 2 packs per day, 2 points. If 3 or more packs per day, 3 points.
 
3. If you have used marijuana, does it excite you or have a “speedy” effect on you? If yes, 4 points
 
4. Is there a history of mania in your family? If yes, 2 points
 
5. Is there a history of depression in your family? If yes, 3 points
 
6. Do you often experience tiredness, loss of energy, boredom, or an inability to feel pleasure? If yes, 3 points
 
7. Are you a thrill-seeker or risk-taker? If yes, 3 points
 
8. Do you respond positively to tricyclic antidepressant drugs, such as Tofranil, Elavil, Endep, or Pamelor? If yes, 5 points
 
9. Do you respond positively to prescription drugs, such as Ritalin, Cylert, Adderall, or methamphetamine? If yes, 5 points
 
10. Do antihistamine drugs like Benadryl cause you to feel “speedy?” If yes, 2 points
 
Total of 13 to 16 points: You are probably catecholamine-deficient.
 
Total of 17 or more points: You are very probably catecholamine-deficient.

The Dopamine PAK may be right for you.

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