Serotonin, which has been shown to influence many of the brains cells, is made through a biochemical process in the brain but for the most part is found in the digestive tract and in the blood platelets. As a neurotransmitter, Serotonin is responsible for feelings of happiness, contentment and overall mood. When concentration levels of serotonin are high then feelings of happiness ensue. When levels of Serotonin are low an individuals overall mood decreases as they become irritable and sad. Additionally 5-HTP, which can act as a serotonin precursor to stimulate the secretion of serotonin production in the brain. If the levels of serotonin absorbed during reuptake are extreme then this also can lead to feelings of sadness. As a result, serotonin can be linked to have influences on different behaviors such as, but not limited to, overall mood. The overall composition of serotonin is essentially a combination of tryptophan hydroxylase and tryptophan, which makes 5-hydoxytryptamine, also known as serotonin.
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What are the effects of different levels of serotonin?
Sharine Forbes, Gerontology, answered
What is the treatment for agnosia?
Honor Society of Nursing (STTI) answered
Treatment for agnosia is symptomatic and supportive. The primary cause of the disorder should be determined to treat any problems that may contribute to or result in agnosia.
This answer is based on source information from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke.
How does the nervous system help control urination?
May Wakamatsu, Obstetrics & Gynecology, answeredBefore toilet training, a simple reflex controls the timing of urination. Stretch-detecting sensory nerves in the detrusor muscle signal the spinal cord that the bladder is filling with urine. In response, motor nerves from the spine signal the bladder muscles to contract and the urethra and pelvic floor muscles to relax, allowing urination. As the brain matures, it is able to override the spinal nerves' automatic signal for the bladder to empty. The bladder gradually becomes capable of storing greater amounts of urine, and a child learns to urinate when it is convenient and socially acceptable.
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