Administrator Altostrata Posted August 5, 2011 Administrator Share Posted August 5, 2011 Although the "chemical imbalance" theory of psychiatric disorders has been thoroughly discredited, and the leaders of mainstream psychiatry are disavowing it, it has not yet disappeared from Web sites and pages. Help stamp out this disinformation wherever you find it by sending feedback to Web publishers. (Oh, dear, those references in books and paper publications will be embarrassing the authors forever.) Here is a message I sent to Mind UK. Feel free to modify it and use it in your own messages: On http://www.mind.org.uk/help/medical_and_alternative_care/making_sense_of_antidepressants, Mind states: "Depression is thought to be associated with low levels of certain neurotransmitters, particularly noradrenaline (also known as norepinephrine) and serotonin (also called 5-hydroxytryptamine or 5-HT)." This is the discredited "chemical imbalance" theory of mood disorders. It has been proved that there is no difference in neurotransmitter levels in any population with a mood disorder or, indeed, with any psychiatric disorder. While antidepressants do elevate neurotransmitter levels, it is unknown how they "work" in affecting mood. Mood effects may be incidental to neurotransmitter changes. Some people experience the effects of antidepressants as beneficial, some experience an adverse effect, and some feel nothing. Over large populations, statistically, antidepressants may not be significantly more effective than placebo. Given side effects and adverse effects, the risk-benefit analysis for most people may not be favorable. Please correct any references to the "chemical imbalance" theory throughout your Web site and literature. Thank you. If you send a message, post it here! This is not medical advice. Discuss any decisions about your medical care with a knowledgeable medical practitioner. "It has become appallingly obvious that our technology has surpassed our humanity." -- Albert Einstein All postings © copyrighted. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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