The Vagus Nerve, Serotonin and depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, panic attacks, and some eating disorders.

In view of the fact that scientists don’t know the mechanism by which SSRIs increase serotonin levels, this new research shows suggests that the vagus nerve may play more of a role than first suspected.

Interestingly, the FDA recently approved a hand held device that one places on one’s neck. The device administers tiny electrical shocks to the vagus nerve in order to stimulate it.

For those, like me, who don’t get on with SSRIs, these developments are of interest.

Vagus nerve stimulation device:

  • Very interesting articles! I would consider getting one of those stimulation devices. I am struggling with depression and anxiety, have done for years. 

    I try to do breathing exercises, however they're not that easy for me as I have some problems with my nose.