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Biochemical imbalance not right explanation

November 21, 2013
The Alpena News

Kudos should certainly be given for the efforts at suicide prevention at Alpena High School that was cited in the Nov. 11, 2013, Alpena News but we do need to discontinue the "biochemical imbalance" explanation for understanding why people experience emotional turmoil and pain. It was these biochemical imbalance theories that were first utilized in marketing the explosion of prescribing psychiatric medication. As time has marched on, though, these theories about what actually causes the experience of depression have been pretty much debunked and disproven even though the overutilization of psychiatric medication has continued (please see "Anatomy of an Epidemic" by Robert Whitaker for an excellent review of that process).

 
 

 

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