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A 26-year-old male asked:

what are some ways to produce serotonin besides taking medicine/drugs?

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Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry 42 years experience
Several ways: Your body naturally produces serotonin all the time. It makes it from tryptophan, or 5htp as your body processes that. You can increase this by exposing yourself to bright indoor light. You can buy a light box, using for 30 min each morning. Also you can exercise -- even dancing to music can help. Eat wisely -- not processed simple carbs or sugars, but lean proteins, complex carbs, etc.
Dr. Alon Seifan
Neurology 13 years experience
Exercise: Exercise, exposure to nature, exposure to religion or spirituality, and also accomplishment of goals, are associated with healthy neurotransmitter, and serotonin, levels.
Dr. Mark Fisher
Neurology 34 years experience
Plase repost: Several doctors have replied. However, you did not explain why you want to “produce” serotonin; why you think you don’t produce enough already; what you expect to achieve by producing more; and why you’re focused on something as arcane as serotonin to improve your life. If you’re dissatisfied with your life, why do you focus on serotonin as a magic bullet that will fix it? (Because it won’t.)

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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.
A member asked:

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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