Hi HealthlyAnnie, First welcome to healing well forum.
Neurotransmitter levels are broken down into two types excitatory and inhibitory which Serotonin can be both of. When you are discussing "Natural Neurotransmitter Balancing" I am assuming that you are referring to the taking of vitamins that are "supposedly" mixed for just this reason…such as amino acids, Vitamin C, Folic acids, B1 and so on. I am glad that your feeling better but vitamins of this nature very seldom have a long lasting effect of helping with chronic depression. Please do be careful when taking these kinds of things. Take care....
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I have some very strong concerns of continuing this thread here. One of them, is that there is no solid evidence anywhere that through a simple UA test can a physician find if your neurotransmitter levels are low. If this was the case then all of us would of been having this done before being treated and during continuing treatment for depression to check the levels. It doesn’t make any sense. The only factual way to find if a person is low in serotonin is to do a Lumbar Puncture (5-HIAA) which looks for the breakdown of serotonin in the cerebral spinal fluid. This is not done is most cases as it is considered an invasive procedure. The DSM-IV has criteria for diagnosing depression without having to do this type of procedure. Lastly, if you have done all this online I am curious as to how you were able to get your urine to them? You have to have a prescription and go to a laboratory to do a UA test, which performs the testing on it.
I am happy for you if this type of treatment has worked for you...but I am very uncomfortable with the possibility that someone could become influenced to try this type of "treatment" inlew of what their own physicians have recommended.
For one thing, with Annie's last post she has cleared up some "grey" areas for me especially as to how the UA test was performed. Secondly, I did my research before posting to ensure that my understanding of urine testing was correct.
My intent was not to "squash" new ideas and treatments but simply to insure that this thread stayed within the forum rules and guidelines.