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If serotonin is a hormone of "happiness" then how come is it low when we're in love? do all infatuated people have low levels of serotonin?

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Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry 44 years experience
Love & serotonin: I think this shows that the experience of "love" is much more complex than serotonin levels -- and also that infatuation is not completely blissful. Consider the constant checking for messages from a new flame, and the agony if the desired lover doesn't return one's feelings or interest. There's both an obsessive quality to it, and there is suffering. Similar neurotransmitter issues in ocd.
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Dr. Ana Adelstein
Clinical Psychology 29 years experience
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