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So dopamine is important for motivation

I googled supplements for motivation and they all talk about supplements that increase dopamine.

Given that I’m taking an AP which blocks dopamine I’d say I’m out of luck.

Avolition or lack of motivation is my biggest problem right now. Maybe it’s just time to accept it.

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yea personally i just accepted it… i don’t think there is anything that can help with motivation.

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You can do several things to raise motivation.

Avoid or reduce pleasure giving activities like sex, watching movies, videos, sleeping during day time etc.

Exercise, workout regularly.

Do intermittent fasting and follow a keto diet if possible as these improve overall health and also very good for memory, concentration etc.

Stick with a daily routine and follow it strictly whether feel like it or not. For example go to sleep at night and wake at regular time everyday. Not nap during day time and even if do make the total nap time less than 20 minutes. This way add small small daily routines which is useful.

Concerning supplements which help with negative symptoms include vitamin D, thiamine (vitamin B1). These two supports dopamine indirectly. These needed to support dopamine conversion. Vitamin B12 is another great supplement for motivation and energy. Zinc deficiency can create lot of problems related to motivation so it too can help.

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I took L-Dopa Mucuna Pruriens a few years before my diagnosis, it gave me a temporary psychosis. Boosting dopamine worsens positive symptoms but improves negative symptoms. Positive symptoms are worse than negative symptoms.

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Yikes! Yeah I investigated that and decided against it.

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This is why, out of Parkinson’s meds my doctor recommended, I am not taking levodopa. That one increases dopamine. I had psychosis when I was taking it.

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Yes, I think I’ll just have to figure some other way around my lack of motivation. Messing with dopamine probably isn’t a good idea.

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I agree. I also heard that this is why people with Parkinson’s have psychosis. I hope you find a way to deal with your lack of motivation. It’s also a big part of psychotic depression as well due to severe depression.

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Thanks @laetitia .

I’m sorry to say it but I don’t believe in supplements. What I believe in is that some atypicals worsens negative symptoms more for one individual and other less. So if you get unberable negatives from one type of antipsychotic then the best thing you can do is to switch to another kind.

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To which ones? Those that improve negative symptoms worsen positive symptoms for me. Maybe Vraylar I am thinking but its not available here. Its the only partial dopamine agonist I haven’t tried.

@everhopeful
if you had motivation what would you do? think about that first. not in the (oh Id be a doctor or have some big career all of a sudden.) I just mean what would you do right now if you had some motivation.

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I take an antidepressant that increases dopamine (isocarboxide) and it helps with my mood and motivation, but i have to take care and not stress myself, otherwise it can trigger a semi-psychotic episode.

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That’s why I say that minor positive symptoms relieve from negatives.

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I have good experiences with supplements to increase motivation. Basically any natural anti-depressant will help out. It is not a quick fix or able to cancel out all of the negative side-effects of drugs, but I can get subtle changes in mood just having a cup of herbal tea.

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Anti parkinsons agents are bad… im supposed to taken artane and side effects are horrible!

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It is true that all those antipsychotics that do much to combat the negatives best ain’t working as well for positives. The thightlier the antipsychotics bind to the dopamine 2 receptors the stronger they work on the positives with the exception of Clozapine that mainly works through D4 antagonism.

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