Tuesday, 8 May 2018



This post is a result of a debate started by a national newspaper's article about depression posted on Facebook . I can't find the source or what the paper actually said, but much of the debate centred around the question of chemical imbalance being the possible cause of depression. We Googled the mental health charity Mind and asked whether the imbalance of chemicals in the brain were the cause of depression. Guess what? The suggestion is that this is not the case. 

     According to Mind Clinical depression is not caused by a natural chemical imbalance in the brain. The chemical imbalance may be caused by the depression itself, which again can be caused by an individual's upbringing. This is a theory, and a pretty good one.

'Is depression caused by a chemical imbalance?

No. As antidepressants work by changing brain chemistry, many people have assumed that depression must be caused by changes in brain chemistry which are then ‘corrected’ by the drugs. Some doctors may tell you that you have a ‘chemical imbalance’ and need medication to correct it.

But the evidence for this is very weak, and if changes to brain chemistry occur, we don’t know whether these are the result of the depression or its cause.'

So...interesting one. Do you have any thoughts on this?

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