‘Chemical Imbalance’ Theory of Depression Hugely Profitable—BUT, It’s Not Even True

Excellent essay

National Addiction News

Ignoring other causes of depression has left millions of Americans without truly effective treatment

“Lexapro appears to relieve the symptoms ofdepressionand anxiety by increasing serotonin,” says an ad on theBonkersInstitute, a website that archives drug ads and also satirizes pharma claims and shaky science.

“Zoloft works to correct a chemical imbalance in the brain which may be related to symptoms of depression,”anotherad says.

“Paxil CR blocks serotonin from being reabsorbed back into the sending nerve cell. This process increases the availability of serotonin to the receiving nerve cell and may help message [depression] transmission return to normal,” athirdad says.

As many Epoch Times readers may have heard, the serotonin “chemical imbalance” theory of depression was recently put to rest by a group of University College London (UCL) scientists in the journalMolecular Psychiatry. After reviewing decades of research, there’s no evidence…

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