Why have you published incorrect data re SSRI antidepressants and `Chemical Imbalances' in the brain?
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You talk about how antidepressants correct a `chemical imbalance' in the brain. Current studies indicate that this supposition is not valid. There is NO evidence for any kind of `imbalance' associated with ANY psychological/psychiatricl condition. There is also little support for the viability of the SSRI antidepressants in all but a very few, very serious depressions. The placebo response is at least 50% in a large number of independent, (i.e. non pharmaceutical companies' ) studies over many years. In fact, there have never been any scientific studies where a `chemical balance' has been found, thus rendering an `imbalance' theory, a scientific nonsense. It is simply not possible to measure levels of ANY of the 100 + neurotransmitters in the living brain.I t is widely held that the theory, which has been used vigorously from its beginnings approximately 30 years ago, as perhaps one of the greatest marketing ploys in medical, at least, history. Billions of dollars have been, and are, being made by these companies as they perpetuate the myth. I would like to think that you could do a bit of research yourself before you set up as an authority on the treatment of people's misery which is based on lazy medicine and false beliefs. You should also check current data on the efficacy of the SSRI drugs in question. People have the right to know what is going on, and you, as a public forum and therefore assumed experts, have the responsibility to present up to date information.
Deirdre Oliver May 1, 2013
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