The neuroaffect circuit is composed of the brain, microbiome, and the autonomic nervous system, and each of these three work together and can be seriously affected by stress. Imbalances in one of these systems can create imbalances in essential hormones and neurotransmitters that seriously affect the others, as well as the rest of your body.Stress, either acute or especially chronic, affects brain functioning. Some of these effects are a result of long-term exposure to stress hormones. Higher than normal levels of stress hormones affect the brain centers responsible for regulating emotional response and cognitive abilities. This can lead to inaccurate and distorted perceptions of the world that can lead to inappropriate emotional responses. Under normal conditions, the SNS and PNS work in balance to keep the body functioning well. With chronic stress, however, the SNS continues to be stimulated, keeping the body in a fight or flight response. If the stress becomes severe, the AHS may begin releasing epinephrine to give the body the energy needed to fight stress. Under these conditions, the PNS never has the opportunity to slow the body down for rest and recovery.

Stress affects the microbiome in a number of ways also. It can lead to leaky gut, an immune response, and high inflammation levels. Stress can cause an imbalance of the bacteria in the microbiome. Small intestine bacterial overgrowth may occur, leading to serious problems with digestion. A slowing of gut motility also leads to serious problems with digestion and absorption of nutrients.

Common Symptoms Of Neuroaffect Imbalance

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Feelings of impending doom
  • Neurodegeneration
  • Lowered stress tolerance
  • Sleeplessnesss
  • Mood Disturbances

Conditions Related To Neuroaffect Imbalance

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Mood Disorders
  • Sleep Maintenance Insomnia
  • Sleep Onset Insomnia
  • Neurotransmitter Imbalance
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Alzheimer’s Dementia
  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Intractable Eye Twitching
  • Numbness/Tingling
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Panic Disorder