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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Study sheds light on the pathogenic brain mechanisms associated with evolution of anxiety

Study sheds light on the pathogenic brain mechanisms associated with evolution of anxiety

Repurposing an antipsychotic drug to treat various types of cancer

Repurposing an antipsychotic drug to treat various types of cancer

Genetic variations in one serotonin receptor could be the reason behind psychedelic treatment disparity

Genetic variations in one serotonin receptor could be the reason behind psychedelic treatment disparity

Genetic variations in serotonin receptor causes different response to psychedelic drugs

Genetic variations in serotonin receptor causes different response to psychedelic drugs

What is the role of psychedelic drugs in the treatment of psychiatric disorders?

What is the role of psychedelic drugs in the treatment of psychiatric disorders?

Review: No clear evidence that serotonin levels are responsible for depression

Review: No clear evidence that serotonin levels are responsible for depression

Commonly prescribed class of migraine drugs may be effective in treating obesity

Commonly prescribed class of migraine drugs may be effective in treating obesity

What causes insomnia and how to treat it?

What causes insomnia and how to treat it?

Study uncovers a new, specific target for developing treatments for cocaine addiction

Study uncovers a new, specific target for developing treatments for cocaine addiction

Kratom: A dangerous or beneficial plant?

Kratom: A dangerous or beneficial plant?

Prenatal exposure to endocrine-disrupting chemicals may affect the developing offspring's brain

Prenatal exposure to endocrine-disrupting chemicals may affect the developing offspring's brain

New, soft implantable probe can monitor fluctuations in brain chemicals

New, soft implantable probe can monitor fluctuations in brain chemicals

Surprising outcomes trigger release of noradrenaline in the brain, MIT study finds

Surprising outcomes trigger release of noradrenaline in the brain, MIT study finds

Ketamine uses a previously unknown pathway to produce an antidepressant effect, study finds

Ketamine uses a previously unknown pathway to produce an antidepressant effect, study finds

Maternal antidepressant use during pregnancy does not increase epilepsy risk in babies

Maternal antidepressant use during pregnancy does not increase epilepsy risk in babies

New methods can make spinal cord less excitable and could be used to treat muscle spasms

New methods can make spinal cord less excitable and could be used to treat muscle spasms

Deficiency of YWHAZ gene alters neurodevelopmental process in zebrafish

Deficiency of YWHAZ gene alters neurodevelopmental process in zebrafish

Healthy Mediterranean diet helps young men to beat depression

Healthy Mediterranean diet helps young men to beat depression

Love is in the air...detected by PTR-TOF

Love is in the air...detected by PTR-TOF