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What causes unhappiness and hopelessness? Just low serotonin? What foods increase serotonin?
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Dr. Steven Chen
Clinical Psychology
5 doctors agree
In brief: Medical vs psycholog
There are both mind and body causes of unhappiness and hopelessness.
Low serotonin, hypothyroidism, and other medical conditions can impact mood. Psychologically things like loss, significant change (positive or negative) or other factors can impact mood in a negative way.

In brief: Medical vs psycholog
There are both mind and body causes of unhappiness and hopelessness.
Low serotonin, hypothyroidism, and other medical conditions can impact mood. Psychologically things like loss, significant change (positive or negative) or other factors can impact mood in a negative way.
Dr. Steven Chen
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Dr. Steven Reidbord
While I agree very much with the tone of Dr. Chen's answer, I need to add that there is no scientific evidence that "low serotonin" causes depression in humans. Many (not all) antidepressants increase serotonin's effect in the brain, but no one knows whether the serotonin itself improves mood, vs an indirect "downstream" effect. There's a lot about the brain we don't know yet.
Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Rich complexity
One of the gifts in being human, is that we're rich, complex beings -- far more than neurotransmitter levels alone.
That said, what we eat affects us profoundly and can even modulate what our genes do. You want a balanced diet of proteins, veggies & fruits, and healthy fats (like fish, avocados, olive oil). Please talk with a therapist about your life -- see what changes may help your outlook.

In brief: Rich complexity
One of the gifts in being human, is that we're rich, complex beings -- far more than neurotransmitter levels alone.
That said, what we eat affects us profoundly and can even modulate what our genes do. You want a balanced diet of proteins, veggies & fruits, and healthy fats (like fish, avocados, olive oil). Please talk with a therapist about your life -- see what changes may help your outlook.
Dr. Pamela Pappas
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Dr. Ed Friedlander
A true answer, and a beautiful one
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