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Are endorphins responsible for mental illness?

Scientists think that difficulties with endorphins might be responsible for moodiness, depression and certain mental illnesses such as obsessive-compulsive disorder. Endorphins latch onto cells called opioid receptors in the brain, communicating signals that block pain and release emotions. If they overdo their job or if the brain misreads their cues, you could be flooded with hormones that heighten anxiety or rage, or miss signals that you're satisfied with a particular task.

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