Serotonin (5-hydroxytryptamine) is a hormone. Hormones are substances our body produces to help regulate and control the activities of certain cells and/or organs.
The hormone serotonin is in the pineal gland, the digestive tract, the central nervous system and blood platelets. Serotonin is also a neurotransmitter – which means it transmits nerve impulses across the space between nerve cells or neurons known as synapses.
Some experts believe that serotonin might affect our level of anxiety, migraines and appetite. It is known that serotonin regulates the way we learn, our mood and our sleeping habits.
Serotonin is used in many antidepressants known as SSRI’s or Selective Serotonin Re-uptake Inhibitors. Some of these antidepressants include: Prozac, Zoloft, Lexapro, Paxil and Celexa.
How Do SSRI’s Work?
SSRI’s block the re-absorption or re-uptake of serotonin in the brain which increases the extracellular level of serotonin. SSRI’s are called selective because they primarily affect serotonin, not other neurotransmitters. Changing the re-absorption balance of serotonin in the brain, changes the balance of serotonin in the brain which in turn boosts the mood.
Depression and Anxiety
SSRI’s are primarily used for the treatment of major depression or clinical depression. True clinical depression is a mood disorder in which a person has feelings of sadness, loss, anger, or frustration that interfere with their everyday life for weeks or longer.
Although SSRI’s are used to treat other medical conditions as well including but not limited to: Panic Disorder, Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Post-traumatic Stress Disorder Social Anxiety Disorder and Bulimia Nervosa.
SSRI Side Effects
SSRI’s can have serious adverse effects including but not limited to: Panic Attacks, Trouble Sleeping, Impulsive Behavior, Irritability, Hostile Behavior, Aggressive Behavior, Hallucinations, Unusual Bleeding, Coughing Up Blood, Hyperactivity and Swelling of the Face and Tongue.
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