Generalized Anxiety Disorder - Glossary

Dr. Lakshmi Venkataraman
Medically Reviewed by Dr. Lakshmi Venkataraman, MD
Last Updated on Jul 18, 2019
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Glossary

Serotonin (5 hydroxytryptamine or 5HT): It is a monoamine neurotransmitter. It is believed to play an important role in the regulation of mood, sleep, emesis (vomiting), sexuality and appetite.

Dopamine: A chemical that transmits messages in the brain and plays a role in movement.

Cognitive: Pertaining to the mental process of thought, including perception, reasoning, intuition and memory.

Palpitations: Awareness of ones own heart beat.

Neurotransmitter: Chemicals that act as messengers between cells in the brain and nervous system; they transmit impulses across the gap from a neuron to another neuron, a muscle, or a gland.

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