Dopamine is the neurotransmitter that motivates us to pursue things we think will be pleasurable. It keeps us feeding at the trough. If the mesolimbic dopamine system is broken, we are not motivated to do anything. Could it be one of the drivers of Pathological Demand Avoidance?
I’ve been struggling to write something about Autism Awareness Month for a while. It is too wrapped up with grieving my mother and sister. So, here’s a short revelatory self-pitying piece about my messy autistic life.