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Serotonin is one of several chemical messengers in the brain, or neurotransmitters, which help brain cells communicate with one another. Among many other functions, serotonin is involved in regulating mood. Problems with making or using the right amount of serotonin have been linked to many mental disorders, including depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety disorder, autism, and schizophrenia.
Unraveling the secret itch pathway

Unraveling the secret itch pathway

Research explains why many psychiatric drugs that work in the lab don’t work in people

Research explains why many psychiatric drugs that work in the lab don’t work in people

MDMA, or ecstasy, shows promise as a PTSD treatment

MDMA, or ecstasy, shows promise as a PTSD treatment

Resveratrol shows promise for anxiety and depression

Resveratrol shows promise for anxiety and depression

Plant compound found in red wine displays anti-stress effects

Plant compound found in red wine displays anti-stress effects

High-resolution images offer clues to improve design of anti-nausea drugs

High-resolution images offer clues to improve design of anti-nausea drugs

New drug for acute migraine shows promising results in a large-scale trial

New drug for acute migraine shows promising results in a large-scale trial

Researchers report how a popular antidepressant drug could rewire the brain

Researchers report how a popular antidepressant drug could rewire the brain

Drinking Matcha tea may reduce anxious behavior, research shows

Drinking Matcha tea may reduce anxious behavior, research shows

Harnessing target of the brain chemical serotonin to combat obesity

Harnessing target of the brain chemical serotonin to combat obesity

Scientists create powerful method for 'directed evolution' of molecules

Scientists create powerful method for 'directed evolution' of molecules

Individual variation in genes alters our ability to regulate emotions

Individual variation in genes alters our ability to regulate emotions

Study explores long-term impact of food restrictions on normal eating patterns in patients

Study explores long-term impact of food restrictions on normal eating patterns in patients

New strategy may strengthen gut-brain communication

New strategy may strengthen gut-brain communication

Interaction between antidepressants and opioid pain medication contributes to lesser pain relief

Interaction between antidepressants and opioid pain medication contributes to lesser pain relief

Study offers new clues to autism's underlying biology

Study offers new clues to autism's underlying biology

Scientists identify early signs of Parkinson’s disease years before symptoms develop

Scientists identify early signs of Parkinson’s disease years before symptoms develop

New biological mechanism may explain heightened somatic awareness

New biological mechanism may explain heightened somatic awareness

Suppressing amygdala molecule enables faster recovery from PTSD symptoms

Suppressing amygdala molecule enables faster recovery from PTSD symptoms

Antidepressant treatment leads to impaired empathy regarding perception of pain

Antidepressant treatment leads to impaired empathy regarding perception of pain