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 provides evidence that antidepressant use in pregnancy affects child's brain development

Study provides evidence that antidepressant use in pregnancy affects child's brain development

Exercise is an effective treatment for depression, with walking, jogging, yoga, and strength training more effective than other exercises

Exercise is an effective treatment for depression, with walking, jogging, yoga, and strength training more effective than other exercises

Antidepressant use during pregnancy linked to child brain development risks

Antidepressant use during pregnancy linked to child brain development risks

Study finds interleukin-24 enhances CAR-T cell therapy's effectiveness against cancer stem cells

Study finds interleukin-24 enhances CAR-T cell therapy's effectiveness against cancer stem cells

Genes dictate taste: Study finds genetic links to food preferences

Genes dictate taste: Study finds genetic links to food preferences

Intravenous DMT shows promise in reducing depression symptoms, study reveals

Intravenous DMT shows promise in reducing depression symptoms, study reveals

What natural compounds can help you manage your rosacea?

What natural compounds can help you manage your rosacea?

Researchers identify the basic principles of serotonin transport in nerve cells

Researchers identify the basic principles of serotonin transport in nerve cells

Study: Most stroke survivors can safely take two types of common antidepressants

Study: Most stroke survivors can safely take two types of common antidepressants

Study explores the mediatory role of gut microbiota in metabolic syndrome and sleep disorders

Study explores the mediatory role of gut microbiota in metabolic syndrome and sleep disorders

Preventing adverse outcomes in ART-related twin pregnancies using aspirin

Preventing adverse outcomes in ART-related twin pregnancies using aspirin

Fermented foods linked to mental health benefits through gut-brain connection

Fermented foods linked to mental health benefits through gut-brain connection

From gut to brain: How diet can influence Alzheimer's and Parkinson's outcomes

From gut to brain: How diet can influence Alzheimer's and Parkinson's outcomes

Study reveals the emotional and social fallout of antidepressant discontinuation

Study reveals the emotional and social fallout of antidepressant discontinuation

Association between vitamin D supplementation and fatigue

Association between vitamin D supplementation and fatigue

Salk scientists map brain circuit triggering the crippling panic attacks

Salk scientists map brain circuit triggering the crippling panic attacks

Brain receptor discovery opens door to new therapies for addiction and mental health

Brain receptor discovery opens door to new therapies for addiction and mental health

Leaky gut linked to depressive disorders: New insights into microbiota-induced epigenetic changes

Leaky gut linked to depressive disorders: New insights into microbiota-induced epigenetic changes

Psilocybin may benefit individuals with cancer and major depression

Psilocybin may benefit individuals with cancer and major depression

Vegetarian diet linked to lower risk of insomnia, study suggests

Vegetarian diet linked to lower risk of insomnia, study suggests