Is this why doctors and drug companies like to put forward that it is a FACT instead of a THEORY that depression is a chemical imbalance – it gives a hook for peoples brains to dwell on so they’ll improve a bit
Christina – could you have been worse when you came off antidepressants because these were the withdrawal effects of the drugs rather than the return of the depression?
No – if you really do have moderate to severe clinical depression, then there IS an imbalance in the chemicals in the brain, and in that case, the majority will respond to some kind of antidepressant medication, whether or not they believe in them.
Those people who have reactive depression (ie. they are depressed because of something shit going on in their lives), or who have mild depression do not have a chemical imbalance and should not be prescribed antidepressants in the first place.
I was treated with escitalopram which did nothing, then fluoxetine which did nothing. After 18 months I was started on venlafaxine. After two failed attempts I didn’t think the venlafaxine would work at all, but it really did.
Yes, there are always going to be some people who would get better if you gave them a sugar pill, because they have mild depression in the first place, but your theory for moderate to severe clinical depression is completely wrong.