Lower serotonin levels do not cause depression, according to a major evaluation.
Today’s landmark findings call into question society’s ever-growing dependence on antidepressants like Prozac.
Millions of sufferers take selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, designed to boost amount ‘ feel-good’ chemical.
University College London experts argue, however , that there’s ‘ no convincing evidence’ that depression is caused by a good imbalance of the chemical.
One academic involved in the study explained the findings as ‘ eye-opening’, and that ‘ almost everything I thought I knew has been flipped upside down’.
Lead author Professor Joanna Moncrieff, a psychiatrist, said: ‘ Nice of the “ chemical imbalance” theory has coincided with a huge increase in the use of antidepressants.
‘ Hundreds suffer from side effects of antidepressants, including severe withdrawal effects that can occur when people attempt to stop them, yet doctor prescribed rates continue to rise.