The Chemical Imbalance Theory – also called the “monomine” or “biogenic amine” theory – proposed low levels of one or more of the neurotransmitters serotonin, dopamine, epinephrine in the central nervous system caused mental disturbance i.e. depression, anxiety, psychosis.
It was a great hypothesis that has been proven false.
“Not only is the chemical imbalance theory of mental disorder unsubstantiated by any empirical research, but it has also been widely and publicly refuted by a number of prominent psychiatrists…”
No prescribed psychotropic medication corrects an identifiable imbalance in the brain. They affect neurotransmitters, yes, and cause a change in functioning.
Related post: How Was the Chemical Imbalance Theory Developed?
Long term these medications are disabling and cause many additional health problems such as obesity, heart disease, Type 2 diabetes, liver and kidney damage, sexual dysfunction, etc.
Chemical Imbalance Theory Still Promoted But is Unfounded
“A long overdue debate is raging about the chemical imbalance theory of depression. Having been deluged with this idea for two decades now, the general public has come to believe that it is a scientifically proven fact.”
“An LBC radio presenter recently announced that he had suffered from depression and he knew it was a chemical imbalance. ‘All the goodness is flushed out of the brain [and you have to] top it up now and again; that’s why you need medicine,’ is how he expressed it.”
“Pharmaceutical industry propaganda has led the way in advocating this view, but the medical profession continues to endorse it too.”
“On 18th March 2014, viewers of This Morning, a national UK television programme were advised by the programme’s resident General Practitioner, Dr Chris Steele, that depression consists of a chemical imbalance in the brain caused by depletion of serotonin.”
Your Brain Chemicals May Be Affecting Mood But Doctors Do Not Know Why or How
Manic Depression is not fake, phony, someone wanting attention, someone recovering from addiction or sexual abuse… it is a very real physical illness.
A physical illness that has primary symptoms identified (presently) as mental. So how else would you understand it from a medical standpoint than something going on with the functioning of the brain?
And that there are things in the brain such as levels of neurotransmitters or other pathology that effect mood i.e. contribute to the highs and lows of the illness.
That all makes sense.
What you want to find out is what has created that illness state in your body, caused your particular genetic-environmental-situational vulnerability to manifest as mental illness.
And to clearly understand that a multitude of things are most likely at play, not simply some messed up neurotransmitter levels that a medication will fix.
It’s a fantasy. We have all been duped.
The Chemical Imbalance Fairy is for Fairy Tales
Even if the mental health professional (psychiatrist, psychologist, mental health advocate) thinks it is in the patients best interest to say things they know are not true like that the Chemical Imbalance Theory is valid and scientifically proven… it is still a lie.
You can click your heels twice… it’s still a lie. Go to bed, have sweet dreams. There will still be no Chemical Imbalance Fairy when you wake up.
For health professionals to use this lie to keep folks on medications that are not medically proven to be a treatment for their symptoms but are proven to cause serious side effects is unethical at the very least.
Life is hard. Complete shit at times. Everyone suffers to some extent.
Making someone sicker is not going to help them live a better life.
There are Medical Treatments for Mental Illness – Other Than Psychotropic Medications
Feel hopeless now, like there is nothing that will help you? That if psychiatric medications (most likely the primary care you’ve been given) are snake oil, nothing can be done?
That is not true! There are many medical causes of mood disturbance and many available treatments.
Read about a child who spent six months in a psychiatric hospital with no improvement of symptoms, then healed with micronutrients: Child Healed with Micronutrients.
Learn about Kelly Brogan M.D.’s online treatment program – available to anyone and low cost – that is helping many heal from emotional-physical-mental symptoms: Vital Mind Reset.
I want Bipolar 1 Disorder – i.e. actual Manic Depression – to be better understood from a biological standpoint.
And for others to have better care by psychiatrists and doctors for mood disorders than I was given when I became ill.
Or at least more options other than just brain damaging psychotropic medications.