Serotonin

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.
What is Serotonin?

Serotonin is an example of a neurotransmitter, a chemical messenger that is passed between nerve cells. When a nerve impulse reaches the axon at the end of a nerve, neurotransmitters are released which cross an area called the synapse to be received by a specific receptor on the end of a target nerve. Once received by the target nerve, the neurotransmitter may either excite that nerve to fire its own signal or prevent it from firing the signal.

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Investigational antipsychotic treatment offers sustained benefits for people with dementia-related psychosis

Investigational antipsychotic treatment offers sustained benefits for people with dementia-related psychosis

Gene therapy delivered into the brain may be safe, effective in treating rare neurological disorder

Gene therapy delivered into the brain may be safe, effective in treating rare neurological disorder

Novel method of gene therapy promises to transform the treatment of rare genetic disorder

Novel method of gene therapy promises to transform the treatment of rare genetic disorder

Non-toxic derivative of tetanus neurotoxin may help treat depression, neurodegenerative diseases

Non-toxic derivative of tetanus neurotoxin may help treat depression, neurodegenerative diseases

Prenatal THC and CBD exposure impairs offspring's ability to respond to fluoxetine

Prenatal THC and CBD exposure impairs offspring's ability to respond to fluoxetine

Declining sense of smell among older adults is more complex than previously believed

Declining sense of smell among older adults is more complex than previously believed

New drug candidate may reduce anxiety-like behavior in mice

New drug candidate may reduce anxiety-like behavior in mice

New analysis links distinct patterns of genetic mutations with OCD

New analysis links distinct patterns of genetic mutations with OCD

Study explores the potential role of gene polymorphisms in pathogenesis of prostate cancer

Study explores the potential role of gene polymorphisms in pathogenesis of prostate cancer

Study delves into the link between smoking and suicidal behaviors

Study delves into the link between smoking and suicidal behaviors

Antidepressants taken during pregnancy do not increase risk for autism spectrum disorder

Antidepressants taken during pregnancy do not increase risk for autism spectrum disorder

Study reviews natural drug candidates for potential treatment of COVID-19

Study reviews natural drug candidates for potential treatment of COVID-19

Common antidepressant drugs help the immune system to attack tumors in mice

Common antidepressant drugs help the immune system to attack tumors in mice

Mast cell activation may underlie inflammation in severe COVID-19

Mast cell activation may underlie inflammation in severe COVID-19

Research offers new hope for people affected by the microdeletion of chromosome 22

Research offers new hope for people affected by the microdeletion of chromosome 22

Study explains why it is difficult to withdraw from certain antidepressants

Study explains why it is difficult to withdraw from certain antidepressants

Vagus nerve stimulation may be a potential adjunct therapy for COVID-19

Vagus nerve stimulation may be a potential adjunct therapy for COVID-19

New peptides allow cannabis-derived drugs to fight pain in mice without side effects

New peptides allow cannabis-derived drugs to fight pain in mice without side effects

Higher levels of inflammatory proteins in the blood are associated with aggressive traits

Higher levels of inflammatory proteins in the blood are associated with aggressive traits

New peptide could allow cannabis to fight pain without side effects

New peptide could allow cannabis to fight pain without side effects