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Serotonin (Overview)

Serotonin is a chemical derived from the Amino Acid tryptophan and acts as a neurotransmitter (communicating molecule between nerve cells).


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How is serotonin released?

How is serotonin released?

Complex: It is a neurotransmitter, mostly in the brain and the gi system. It is released when that neuron electrically achieves an action potential, based on its interactions with other neurons. Those interactions are complex. What is more complex is the many different kinds of receptors, which do many different things. ...Read more

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Serotonin (Overview)

Serotonin is a chemical derived from the Amino Acid tryptophan and acts as a neurotransmitter (communicating molecule between nerve cells).


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When was serotonin discovered?

When was serotonin discovered?

Serotonin: First discovery was in 1937 when it was named as Enteramine. The name Serotonin was given in 1948. Its discovery in the brain was in 1953. ...Read more

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How is serotonin used by moods?

How is serotonin used by moods?

It is your Happy NT: The beauty of these neurotransmitters is they perform a variety of function leading to happiness, including your sleep, apetite , weight, regulation of anxiety even found in your gut cells, so happiness is not locatede in brain, remember, gut feeling, or irritable bowel when people are upset, brain and body are not disconnected and the brain is the most organic organ, connected to body happiness. ...Read more

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Can serotonin levels be tested?

Can serotonin levels be tested?

Please repost: Please repost and include the tissue or organ of interest: Blood? Brain? Left kidney? Right big toe? Also why you are asking: are you asking because you've fallen for the misconception that low serotonin "levels" in the brain cause depression? (They don't. That notion has been debunked over and over again.) ...Read more

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Which foods raise serotonin levels?

Why?: Please repost and explain why you think your serotonin levels NEED to be raised, if you think they're normal or low, and what you mean by "levels," since really there ARE no such things as "levels" of serotonin the way there are levels of, say, blood cholesterol. Where did you get this notion of "levels"? ...Read more

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Can low serotonin levels cause pain ?

Not cause, but feel: Insufficient performance of serotonin can cause pain to be felt as more severe and less easy to relieve. It's not a 'cause' but things that might not hurt if your levels were adequate - will perhaps. Also your reaction to the pain might be more intense and out of control. Have a psych eval, Dx and Tx. ...Read more

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What drinks decrease serotonin levels?

What drinks decrease serotonin levels?

One that doesn't: Quite a few web pages state that caffeine consumption causes a drop in serotonin. Not true- caffeine works directly on adenosine receptors. It also leads to increased dopamine action, producing a sense of pleasure that may account for much of the appeal of caffeine drinks. Over-reliance on caffeine can cause problems but decreased serotonin is not one of them. ...Read more

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How will exercise affect serotonin levels?

How will exercise affect serotonin levels?

Increases it: It has been proven that 8 weeks of exercise is as effective as 8 weeks of antidepressants on reducing symptoms of depression. It is presumed that exercise does this by raising the amount of available serotonin in our brain. Precisely how it does it is still being worked out. ...Read more

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How can I raise serotonin levels naturally?

Depends....: You have serotonin in body and in brain. OTC serotonin products do NOT metabolize and cross over the blood brain barrier. Prescriptions anti-depressants do cross blood brain barrier and increase serotonergic activity in brain. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: serotonin?

Neurotransmitter: Serotonin is a chemical derived from the Amino Acid tryptophan and acts as a neurotransmitter (communicating molecule between nerve cells). ...Read more

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How to remove high levels of serotonin from the body?

Serotonin: My first question is why you would think you need to remove serotonin from your body. This pleasure giving chemical that creates a sense of balance and well being is a good thing to have. Do you have mania? Are you on any medications that are causing mental health problems. Sometimes questions cause more questions to be asked. Keep talking to us here. ...Read more

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What happens to your body if you don't produce serotonin?

Serotonin: Serotonin is a neurotransmitter used by many different types of nerve (and muscle) cells throughout the body. I think it would be impossible for body not to produce serotonin. There are many medications intended to affect serotonin signaling. Their effects and side effects vary depending on the nature of the drug, the type of illness present, and other medications to which they may be added. ...Read more

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What is a under supply of serotonin most likely linked too?

Low Serotonin: Some are Low L-Tryptophan in diet such as diet High in Protein & low in Carbohydrates, Vitamin B6 deficiency, Consuming large amounts of Green Tea which is rich in Theanine,. ...Read more

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Can you tell me the history of the discovering the serotonin?

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!!! ...Read more

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

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. ...Read more

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What happens if u have too much serotonin from taking medications?

Serotonin syndrome: Serotonin syndrome which is much like being on speed. Your heart goes too fast, your blood pressure is too high etc. You should speak to your physician about this. ...Read more

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

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

Exercise: Exercise, exposure to nature, exposure to religion or spirituality, and also accomplishment of goals, are associated with healthy neurotransmitter, and serotonin, levels. ...Read more

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For mental health professionals what do they take for low serotonin levels to balance?

There are many: Medications that raise serotonin levels, including tricyclic antidepressants, ssri's, nsri's, antipsychotics and even a benzodiazepine (buspar (buspirone) one). But we don't take anything unless we need it! ...Read more

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Any tests for serotonin syndrome?

Clinical diagnosis : Clinical diagnosis should be more than enough and it is quite clear if someone has a history and the doses took, matching with clinical signs, anytesting will not be relevat a sit gets metabolised in 5hiaa, found in urine nondiagnostic for ss. ...Read more

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How is serotonin syndrome treated?

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How is serotonin syndrome treated?

Serotonin syndrome: Overactivation due to excess serotonin. See diagram. Treatment is emergency intervention if severe, and discontinuing the medication if less severe. Some medications used are Muscle relaxants, serotonin blockers such as Periactin, (cyproheptadine hydrochloride) Oxygen & intravenous fluids. ...Read more

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Do shrooms alter your serotonin levels?

Shrooms: They contain the indole alkaloid psilocybin, which is a tryptamine compound which is chemically related to tryptophan, & is structurally similar to serotonin. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of serotonin syndrome?

Serotonin syndrome: is characterized by neuromuscular, autonomic, and neuropsychiatric (cognitive and behavioral) abnormalities. Restless feeling, continuous muscle spasms, confusion and disorientation. Some may progress to cardiac arrest, seizures, coma or multiple organ failure. It is a life-threatening medical emergency and call 911 is a must! ...Read more

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What happens to serotonin at the synapse?

Activates neurons: Serotonin is a neurotransmitter in the brain and intestine. It reacts with cells' receptors to signal a neuron to fire. Depending on what nerve cell it activates, there are many potential effects-- it may affect cognition, mood, anxiety, sexuality, nausea, and so on. ...Read more

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Can chronic stress lower serotonin levels?

Can chronic stress lower serotonin levels?

Stress and serotonin: The response to stress is much more complex than the level of 1 neurotransmitter, even an important one like serotonin. Corticosteroids (raised during chronic stress) can modulate or dysregulate 5-ht receptors even without serotonin metabolism or levels being changed. http://tinyurl.com/k34pu6x how the neurons are connecting matters also -- even in stressed rats: http://tinyurl.Com/mwv6fzs. ...Read more

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Can sugar actually lower serotonin levels?

Can sugar actually lower serotonin levels?

Not usually: Not usually, however it is possible that low serotonin can cause depression which can then cause the sugar or carbohydrate craving. A supplement called chromium picolinate may be helpful to some people for this symptom. ...Read more

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