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Serotonin deficiency

Serotonin deficiency signs/symptoms:

  • Depressed
  • Nervous/anxious
  • Worrier
  • Fears/phobias
  • Negative/pessimistic
  • Irritable/impatient/edgy
  • Obsessive compulsive tendency
  • Think about the same things over & over again
  • Self destructive, masochistic or suicidal thoughts/plans
  • Low self esteem/confidence
  • Anger/rage/explosive behavior/assaultive
  • Sleep problems/light sleeper
  • Crave sugar/carbohydrates/alcohol/marijuana
    • Use these substances to improve mood & relax
  • Feel worse in and dislike dark weather
  • Chronic pain (e.g. headaches, backaches, fibromyalgia)
  • PMS
  • Antidepressants or 5-HTP improve mood
  • Family history of depression/anxiety/OCD/eating disorders

Serotonin levels may be low due to a combination of genetic and acquired reasons. Serotonin can be raised effectively using either nutrient based therapies or medications. Serotonin is synthesized from the amino acid tryptophan.

Factors which reduce serotonin levels:

References:

The Edge Effect: Achieve Total Health and Longevity with the Balanced Brain Advantage by Eric R. Braverman, M.D., 2004

The Mood Cure: The 4-Step Program to Rebalance Your Emotional Chemistry and Rediscover Your Natural Sense of Well-Being by Julia Ross, M.A., 2002

Blake Graham, BSc (Honours), AACNEM
Clinical Nutritionist
Perth, Western Australia
Phone/Email: See Contact page
*Non-Perth residents may enquire about phone consultations.

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