Dealing with Depression/Depression and the Brain
I was wondering if depression could be caused by an over production if serotonin, and what were the symptoms of it?
Serotonin is thought to be a contributor to feelings of well-being and happiness but it is not the root of depression. Extremely high levels of serotonin can cause a condition known as serotonin syndrome, with toxic and potentially fatal effects.
Serotonin syndrome symptoms often begin within hours of taking a new medication or increasing the dose of one you are already taking. Symptoms may include:
Agitation or restlessness
Changes in blood pressure and/or temperature
Nausea and/or vomiting
Rapid heart rate
Loss of muscle coordination or twitching muscles
Shivering and goose bumps
The "cure" is often worse than the condition that pharmaceutical company’s claim to fix.
In severe cases, serotonin syndrome can be life-threatening.
According to the National Institute of Mental Health, symptoms of depression may include the following:
Difficulty concentrating, remembering details, and making decisions
Fatigue and decreased energy
Feelings of guilt, worthlessness, and/or helplessness
Feelings of hopelessness and/or pessimism
Insomnia, early-morning wakefulness, or excessive sleeping
Loss of interest in activities or hobbies once pleasurable, including sex
Overeating or appetite loss
Persistent aches or pains, headaches, cramps, or digestive problems that do not ease even with treatment
Persistent sad, anxious, or "empty" feelings
Thoughts of suicide, suicide attempts
These are some of the symptoms but there are also many types of depression: Major depression, Dysthymia, Bipolar, SAD, Psychotic depression. A doctor, or psychologist will usually diagnose depression.
on my blog you can find more information on depression and how I treat the disorder.