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COMT VAL/VAL

In 2017 I took a genetic personality test which gave the result of val/val for the COMT V158M gene.  This gene instructs the brain’s frontal lobe on how to process dopamine, epinephrine and norepinephrine.  My diagnosis directly affects my personality making me a warrior, who doesn’t worry.  Negatives attributed with this diagnosis include getting less pleasure out of life, worse executive function and information processing, worse fine motor skills and less exploratory behavior.  Positives attributed with this diagnosis include being better at handling stress and pain, learning languages, higher emotional resilience and handling negative events well, can more easily get into hypnosis and more methylation (DNA change) in the gut.

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