Answer: Perhaps, but many patients with panic disorder are found to have a decrease in the number of receptors that serotonin binds to. The effect is equal to having a low serotonin level. I am a medical student currently doing research in this area.
No, although depression may be caused by a serotonin imbalance, this cannot be diagnosed with a blood test. In order for that to work, you would have to look at the amount of seretonin actually in the brain.
Answer: Medications classified as "Re-Uptake Inhibitors" - A class of drugs that are used mainly in the treatment of depression but also effectively address other conditions, such as generalized anxiety disorder, social phobia, bipolar disorder, personality disorders, etc
Answer: There are home tests for cholesterol levels. They involve collecting your own blood sample from a fingerstick (equipment is provided in the test kit) and either matching it to a color chart or a moving indicator. They seem to be reliable although maybe not as conclusive as a laboratory test; patients should take great care and only buy those manufactured by a reputable medical or pharmaceutical company.
Answer: No direct evidence can be found in a test like that. However if certain brain receptors are largely inactive, there could be some conclusions over the likelyhood that you have abused certain drugs inluding extacy(mdma), cocaine, heroin and a few others.
Answer: When you feel ur healthy and no problems are troubling you. Or you can go to ur doctor and take a blood test to check ur levels. Otherwise if u had low levels u would feel depressed all the time, and if u have higher levels u would feel agitations, muscle jerks, u will sweat alot.
Answer: why would you want to increase your seratonin levels i am on antiphsychotics to keep mine stable if they go to high you end up with manic phsychosis this happened to me so if you really want to stop taking your meds
Answer: In low doses a synthetic form of THC has been found to act as anantidepressant by enhancing serotonin levels in the brain, but athigh doses it can apparently worsen depression and other mentaldisorders.
Answer: 5-HTP (natural Amino Acid 5-hydroxytryptophan) may help to promote the brain chemical Serotonin. 5HTP is a naturally occurring amino acid from which the neurotransmitter serotonin is made. Serotonin appears to play significant roles in sleep, emotional moods, pain control, inflammation, intestinal peristalsis, and other body functions.
5-htp and St. Johns wort may boost serotonin levels. There has not been a huge amount of research into this and although they are classified as supplements by law there are not any general chemical distinctions between supplements and drugs.
Also tryptophan is available, which is the pre-cursor to 5-htp. Magnesium and vitamin B6 aid in the conversion to serotonin.