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Again, chemical imbalance is a myth. Stop the lies, please.

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On 6/2/2017 at 8:12 PM, Lilu said:

 My dad still says, "But you're taking an antidepressant, how can you still be depressed?!!!"

 

this seems very important to me. how can we call them antidepressants, when they don't fix depression?  I know at the time I started with Paxil (30 years ago? more?) I had no idea the medical profession would be allowed to call something that if it wasn't proven to work. 

 

On 4/13/2018 at 11:03 AM, Altostrata said:

The drugs actually do have physiological effects, usually resulting in downregulation of particular neuroreceptors and widespread dysregulation of other hormonal systems, there being no difference between neurohormones and other hormones. (You might as well think of antidepressants as hormonal treatments like steroids.) The sales pitch is based on a phony theory of "chemical imbalance," but the drugs actually cause chemical imbalance, they do not correct it. 

 

the very heart of it

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Ather

 

Please see Alto's response to this post.

 

Before prescribing medications, There should be Blood tests of all the major neurotransmitters, like a complete neurotransmitter profile, these tests are still not common and not available at many places and if they are then they are very expensive, they should be made common so a clear reference range in the general population comes out, doctors should prescribe after reading the data of different neurotransmitters and also listening to the patient very carefully, until this happens we cannot call it chemical imbalance.

 

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Altostrata
3 hours ago, Ather said:

Before prescribing medications, There should be Blood tests of all the major neurotransmitters, like a complete neurotransmitter profile, these tests are still not common and not available at many places and if they are then they are very expensive, they should be made common so a clear reference range in the general population comes out, doctors should prescribe after reading the data of different neurotransmitters and also listening to the patient very carefully, until this happens we cannot call it chemical imbalance.

 

These tests are not valid. There is no test to assess neurotransmitter status in the brain. There is no reference range.

 

"Chemical imbalance" has always been a hypothesis based on very little evidence, and was disproved long ago.

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Ather
On 11/12/2018 at 1:38 PM, Altostrata said:

  

These tests are not valid. There is no test to assess neurotransmitter status in the brain. There is no reference range.

  

"Chemical imbalance" has always been a hypothesis based on very little evidence, and was disproved long ago.

 

I think it is just a matter of time and effort, if the scientists and researchers can bring the whole long DNA sequence out, then they can do this too.

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Altostrata

You can believe and fantasize anything you like. We do not permit such speculation on this site, it's a waste of time and terribly misleading for those who want to go off psychiatric drugs. If you want to discuss the future of the "chemical imbalance" theory, there's a big wide Web outside where you can chat about anything.

 

In our current reality, there is no basis for the "chemical imbalance" theory.

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I would be the last person to advocate the present day antidepressants or any other psychiatric drugs specially the SSRIs, as myself am going through a tough period of withdrawal from them.

 

When we first started to fly, many would die, we found a safer craft we thought it was safe (just like the SSRIs) an Airship but it killed many people, so then in the end we settled down on Airplanes, 747 being one of the safest and now the Airbus A380,  500,000 flights and not a single being fatal?

this is not fantasy this is real.

 

There is a lot of work to be done in this field, human brain / mind,  just like any other organ of the body like heart or liver or kidneys or stomach can be genetically sick or it can get sick during our stay in this world and there must be better solutions out there, hidden from our eyes for now.

 

Seek Knowledge from the cradle to the grave.

 

Your's Ather

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Altostrata

That's true, Ather, but what we know now is there's no basis for the "chemical imbalance" theory, so discussing whether it might be true some time in the future is not productive.

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