Serotonin , and mental illnes

United Arab Emirates
August 9, 2010 8:12am CST
does really serotonin plays a role in making deppression ? how can u tell a depressed person ? do u think medication can help a deppressed person ?
2 responses
@Opal26 (17690)
• United States
10 Aug 10
Hi kilani~ I can tell you plenty about Serotonin and the lack of it! I have been diagnosed with Major Depressive Disorder. You can't always tell by looking at someone that they are depressed. The symptoms go alot deeper than that and are alot more serious. People who lack serotonin and norepinephrine can become depressed because they are lacking these chemicals in their brain. And yes, there are many medications that can help or "fix" these problems and they are called Anti-depressants! And when the doctors find the right ones they can fix the chemical imbalance help the patient get back their "normal" feelings again! I know that the meds that I have been given help me alot. I am not "cured", but I am alot better than I was before!
• United Arab Emirates
13 Aug 10
do u get negative ideas ? and ur mind dont stop thinking ? i have been there ... i just cant accpet the idea of taking medicines i always quit them after a while been on remeron before
@Opal26 (17690)
• United States
13 Aug 10
Yes I get negative thoughts still and I have Insomnia because my mind never stops! It sucks! I don't really know what it's like to really feel "happy". But, it beats the alternative! See, I still have a sense of humor!
@Shar19 (8236)
• United States
9 Aug 10
Yes, serotonin does play a big part on our mental state. There are different ways to tell if a person is depressed. Some symptoms would be if they don't seem happy or never smile. Maybe they always look sad. Usually very depressed people lose all interest in social activities like going out and being with friends and family. I really do believe in medication helping people with depression. There is no reason for someone to suffer like that if they are going through a really tough time with depression. Anyone who is severely depressed needs to get help right away. There are also many websites to help determine whether a person is depressed with a listing of different symptoms.