‘Chemical imbalance’

There’s a lot of chat around at the moment about ‘chemical imbalance’… and I’ve written a lot over the years about it and here’s a link to the collected articles.

The term Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor (SSRI) was invented by a marketing company to sell Seroxat/Paxil to the public. Along with this serious medical sounding piece of jargon, came the fairy tale of the ‘chemical imbalance’

When I started taking Seroxat in 1997, I wanted to know how this great new drug worked – the PIL (the leaflet that came with the tablets) told me “it boosts the levels of serotonin in your brain and that’s what makes you stop feeling depressed”. It’s a simple chemical imbalance said the PIL.

In 2003, GSK said in it “Seroxat is one of a group of medicines called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) and works by bringing the levels of serotonin back to normal.”

All lies. The chemical imbalance ‘theory’ HAS NEVER BEEN PROVED.

• I have challenged Glaxo many times before through these pages to tell me exactly how Seroxat actually works. They can’t tell me.

• I have asked what the ‘normal’ brain level of Serotonin is – is it 5? Is it 50? Is it 500? It can’t be measured.

• I have asked them how brain levels of Serotonin can be measured in living humans. It can’t be measured.

Maybe the Royal College of Psychiatrists and their hashtag – #ADsMythBuster – can answer the three simple questions above – but somehow I doubt they will be able to…



3 Responses to “‘Chemical imbalance’”

  1. joan t Says:

    i have been on this drug now since 1984 after the death of my son .im not saying i didnt need it at the time. as i know i did .
    but i was told it was only to be used short term .approx 6 months .and here. i am today still taking them for the simple reason i carnt leave them off .the side effects are horrific .im scared .through this drug my life has been ruined .im a wreck and spend most of my days at home .i have no confidence in myself .as so many side effects frrom.them ..i carnt enjoy my life .the drug as done this .
    id love to be able to leave them.off .(my goodness ive tryed ..)
    now ive got to resign myself to the fact i shall be on them the rest of my life .its like a life sentance .
    i didnt know till i read it up oneday seroxat is also (paroxetine) and another name prozac . its comes under. the same drug .

  2. truthman30 Says:

    Reblogged this on GSK : Licence To (K) ill (Documenting GSK And Seroxat) and commented:
    How many people were harmed by the promotion of the ‘chemical’ imbalance myth?

  3. Andrew G. Alt Says:

    Apparently a lot of doctors agree with you:

    Low Serotonin Levels Don’t Cause Depression

    By John M. Grohol, Psy.D.

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