▶︎ SEROTONIN. For many people, they associate this Neurotrasmitter with feelings of content, happiness and satisfaction. This is true, however, many people are experiencing NEGATIVE effects from high circulating levels of this neurotransmitter. Let’s dive deep.
▷ Social Phobia:
In a study published in the scientific journal JAMA Psychiatry, researchers from the Department of Psychology at Uppsala University show that individuals with social phobia make TOO MUCH Serotonin. They found that patients with social phobia produced too much serotonin in a part of the brain's fear centre, the amygdala. The more serotonin produced, the more anxious the patients were in social situations (Frick et al., 2015).
❖ Reduced Motivation:
Browne & Fletcher 2016 conducted a study that aimed to evaluate if acute pharmacological elevation of serotonin activity would impact motivation. They disovered that serotonin reduces incentive motivation. In other words, increasing Serotonin lowered one’s desire to chase money/reward. Another study found that an increase of serotonin used through an SSRI-drug lead to a lack of sexual motivation, at least in male mice and possibly human males as well (Sangkuhl, Klein & Altman, 2009).
➡️Emotional Anhedonia / Apathy / Blunt:
Anhedonia refers to the reduced ability to experience pleasure (Gorwood, 2008). In the existing literature, excess serotonin exposure has been occasionally associated with both behavioral apathy and emotional blunting (Sansone, 2010).
✭ If you are High Serotonin, and subsequently LOW dopamine, then you tend to reach for stimulating foods such as coffee or chocolate. These only increase dopamine short term and should not be the go-to foods as then you will really get fatigued from stressing your adrenal glands. Stay tuned for novel hacks to safely lower Serotonin and increase Dopamine synthesis, sensitivity, release and up-regulation of receptors.
August 27, 2018 by Christopher Niemczyk

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