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Doesn't your own brain create serotonin?
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Dr. Edward Smith
Neurology
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In brief: Yes
The locus ceruleus in the brainstem is the chief source of serotonin but other brainstem areas may contribute.
Depression is considered to be primarily a low serotonin syndrome. There are other conditions associated with low serotonin function. Also low serotonin is not the only cause of depression.

In brief: Yes
The locus ceruleus in the brainstem is the chief source of serotonin but other brainstem areas may contribute.
Depression is considered to be primarily a low serotonin syndrome. There are other conditions associated with low serotonin function. Also low serotonin is not the only cause of depression.
Dr. Edward Smith
Dr. Edward Smith
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1 doctor agrees
In brief: Raphe Nuclei
A respectful correction: raphe nuclei produce serotonin in your own brain.
Locus coeruleus produces norepinephrine as well. They are closely located in the brainstem. Both systems can be boosted by blocking the re-uptake of either chemical to help depression by meds such as effecxor or Cymbalta (duloxetine) (snri = serotonin norephinephrine re-uptake inhibitors).

In brief: Raphe Nuclei
A respectful correction: raphe nuclei produce serotonin in your own brain.
Locus coeruleus produces norepinephrine as well. They are closely located in the brainstem. Both systems can be boosted by blocking the re-uptake of either chemical to help depression by meds such as effecxor or Cymbalta (duloxetine) (snri = serotonin norephinephrine re-uptake inhibitors).
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