The Real Causes of Depression

How many times have you heard it said, ‘Depression is caused by a chemical imbalance in the brain’? If you’ve been depressed and consulted a doctor it’s very likely you’ve been told this in tones of absolute certainty. If you’ve been prescribed one of the SSRI antidepressants like Prozac or Sexoxat you were probably told that this drug would replace the serotonin that was missing from your brain. The SSRI drugs certainly do put serotonin in the brain, but there wasn’t any missing in the first place.

There never has been any evidence that any brain chemical was depleted when a person was depressed.

However, psychiatrists kept hoping that one day their hypothesis that depression was caused by a chemical imbalance would be proved to be right. Now, thirty years after the hypothesis was first produced, the Royal College of Psychiatrists and the Institute of Psychiatry have accepted that depression isn’t caused by a chemical imbalance. But you’ll find this out only if you visit their websites. They haven’t issued a press release saying, ‘We were wrong.’

Read the rest of the article by Dorothy Rowe here at Bob Fiddaman’s site.

So then, if the Serotonin myth is just that – a myth – then where does that leave all the drug companies and their SSRIs like Seroxat? What do their drugs do to us and how do they do it?

2 Responses to “The Real Causes of Depression”

  1. eleanor Says:

    Thanks for that article – I like your blog because I feel like I’m watching the unfolding of the psychological and scientific dogma around pharmaceuticals – it’s great to have somewhere to go to read where this information is recorded as it occurs.

    I would also like to add, regarding the real causes of depression, about the vital importance of worrying and REM sleep – as I have posted about here:

    http://mindsalot.wordpress.com/2006/11/01/how-worrying-leads-to-depression/

    Thanks for a fascinating blog

    Eleanor

  2. puddlejumper Says:

    As someone who is coming off SSRI’s at the moment I’m looking forward to reading more about this.

    The crunch for me came when I looked back on the last three months (entering details into a mood diary for a possible bipolar diagnosis at my doctors request) and realised I really hadn’t seen any improvement.

    I’m just an up and down person.

    The depression (I feel) has now run it’s course but the medical profession seemed intent on keeping me on drugs for the rest of my life. Just in case.

    So I get to have my sex life ruined and put weight on and feel slightly out of it…just in case?

    No thanks.

    Three days off and despite the medical opinion that I should avoid coming off all at once (in case of withdrawal) the worst I’ve felt is bit woozy.

    Drug companies scare me.


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