Serotonin is a neurotransmitter that helps elevate mood. The brain produces it when the body perceives sunlight. For people whose serotonin levels need to be regulated, a class of anti-depressants called SSRIs keep higher levels of serotonin in the bloodstream.
Lee A. Solomon, MD
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What is serotonin?
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Can mental retardation be prevented?
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Proper prenatal care is the best way to prevent mental retardation in your child. Expecting mothers should abstain from alcohol and drug use during pregnancy. Fetal alcohol syndrome is one of the most common types of mental retardation and can be easily prevented. Folic acid vitamin supplements may help prevent mental retardation as well.
If you are at risk for any infectious diseases or have a family history of genetic disorders, you should receive testing before getting pregnant. Some tests can be done during pregnancy to identify factors that may cause mental retardation. However, few can be treated during pregnancy.
What can cause deja vu?
Michael Roizen, MD, Internal Medicine, answeredOne theory on deja vu is that hyperactive neurotransmitters (e.g., dopamine) that help shuttle information into both short-term memory and long-term memory centers change lanes. The visual memory you are seeing for the first time ends up getting sent directly into long-term memory before it's processed into short-term memory. The result? Your brain "recalls" the image from the long-term memory storage area, which tells you it's a memory from the past, not the present. Deja vu!
Another deja vu theory is that these been-there-done-that feelings are a result of one eye sending information to the brain faster than the other. Almost everyone has a dominant eye. If the stronger eye sends information to the subconscious before both eyes focus and register the input as a conscious experience, your brain will tell you, "I've seen that before." You have, but only a nanosecond ago. Or, maybe you've just "seen" it on the computer or TV.Helpful? 1 person found this helpful.
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