Administrator Altostrata Posted April 12, 2012 Administrator Share Posted April 12, 2012 Now that the "chemical imbalance" theory has become an embarrassment, biological psychiatry is floundering for a rationale. Over the last few years, it's floated a few theories and gotten a lot of money to spend on research. However, NOTHING has yet panned out as the biological basis of mood disorders or even schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, or autism. Still, you may find articles that appear to speak authoritatively about the biological basis of so-called mental illness. Beware of this. References to these are red flags: - "Chemical imbalance" theory of depression - "Brain inflammation" theory of depression - Measuring glutamate in the nervous system (it's perhaps the most common neurotransmitter) - Depression causing brain shrinkage or a loss of neurons anywhere in the brain - Antidepressants reverse brain shrinkage caused by depression - Mood disorders are based in genetics - Mood disorders are caused by "diseased brain circuits" - Anything involving brain scans, fMRIs, or neuroimaging that finds a brain pattern parallel to thoughts or feelings There is no evidence or highly questionable evidence for all of the above. 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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