August 16, 2022

Despression symptoms ‘is NOT caused by reduced serotonin levels’

Research casts doubt over widespread use of potent drugs made to treat chemical imbalance within brain

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.

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