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A 33-year-old member asked:

can you tell me the history of the discovering the "serotonin"?

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Dr. Linda Callaghan
Addiction Medicine 53 years experience
By chance.: In the early 1940's and 1950's , scientists discovered the role of neurotransmitters such as Norepinephrine for vasoconstriction, Dopamine for Parkinson's Disease and Serotonin for depression but it was not until 1988 when they discovered that selective Serotonin reuptake inhibitors like Prozac (fluoxetine) became known to the world.
Dr. Humberto Quintana
Psychiatry 44 years experience
Sertonin: Serotonin is 1 of 4 main neurotransmitters in higher vertebrate nervous systems. The serotonin is transported via the bloodstream to the nerve cells throughout the body, but most especially in the neurons of the brain. Here they accumulate in the their minutest molecular form. The molecules mentioned serotonin is one of the 4 main neurotransmitters in higher vertebrate nervs mens mentioned, se
Dr. Donald Jacobson
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Serotonin Discovery: The discovery of serotonin has a very interesting history. Since there's not nearly enough space to give it its due here, I will give you a website where you can look it up which is from the journal nature at nature.com. www.nature.com/npp/journal/v21/n1s/full/1395355a.html When reading the various stories of how serotonin was discovered, it immediately becomes apparent how ...enjoy!!!
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Aug 7, 2014

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A 36-year-old member asked:

How does your serotonin levels affect when you fall asleep?

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Dr. Ranji Varghese
Sleep Medicine 17 years experience
Sleep chemical: Serotonin is a common brain chemical messenger. It is part of the wake promoting system of the brain. Along with other chemical messengers, it helps keeps us awake during the day. It tends to be less active as we fall asleep, when other sleep promoting chemicals take over.
A 30-year-old male asked:

Are there any definite known negative side effects to 5-htp or having artificially raised serotonin?

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Dr. Sahba Ferdowsi
General Practice 18 years experience
Yes: Anxiety and heart palpitations have been reported with the drug.
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Can lack of seratonan cause one to always feel tired?

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Dr. Edward Neilsen
Family Medicine 19 years experience
Possibly: Although there is no perfect way to test this theory, many studies have shown a relationship to depression and seratonin. Most medications used to treat depression revolve around seratonin levels. Because one of the hallmark findings of depression is fatigue...The answer to your question is that this is a possibility.
A 32-year-old member asked:

What would happen if your seratonin levels greatly increased in a short period of time?

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Dr. Valentin Drezaliu
Obstetrics and Gynecology 20 years experience
Feel good: You would probably have a rush sensation in your body.
A 45-year-old member asked:

What does "selective" mean in selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor?

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Dr. Donald Haupt
Psychiatry 49 years experience
Just one type: "selective" in this case refers to the fact that the previous generation of antidepressants, the tricyclics, worked on all 3 of the neurotransmitters in the brain thought to be involved in depression in varying degrees; serotonin, norepinephrine, and dopamine. Prozac, (fluoxetine) and the other ssris act almost entirely on serotonin.

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