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Meds, Mind, Body & Benefits => Mental Health & HIV => Topic started by: MarkintheDark on July 07, 2019, 02:16:39 am

Title: Chronic inflammation removes motivation by reducing dopamine in the brain
Post by: MarkintheDark on July 07, 2019, 02:16:39 am

From the article: "The underlying hypothesis is that the body needs more energy to heal a wound or overcome an infection, for instance, both of which are associated with low-grade inflammation. To ensure that energy is available, the brain uses an adaptive technique to reduce the natural drive to perform other tasks which could potentially drain away the energy needed for healing. This is essentially a recalibration of the specialized reward neurons in the motivation center of the brain, so that ordinary tasks no longer feel like they’re worth doing."