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Posted by blackjack on June 17, 2001, at 14:26:58

In reply to Re: YOU'RE ALL JUNKIES, posted by cheetah on June 14, 2001, at 8:22:10

> I would like you to quote ONE (1) verified study that has not later been retracted about chemical imbalances. Not one m.d. or anyone else have EVER conclusively proved that anxiety/depression is caused by a chemical imbalance.

Actually, there have been numerous studies in the past several years, using PET and SPECT scans, that have demonstrated consistant abnormal metabolism and receptor function in people with mood disorders. Now, we are not entirely sure by what mechanism these dysfuntions are related to mood changes, and how exactly the drugs ameliorate the dysfunctions, but we are much less in the dark than we were even 5 years ago. We are now much more able to observe what's going on inside functioning human brain.

For the secord, the only "withdrawal" would feel if I stopped taking my medication would be a relapse of my depression. Some of the antidepressants do produce withrawl symdromes in some who take them, but this is not the same thing as addiction.

I don't think anybody here WANTS to be on medications. When somebody comes up with a way of treating depression that is more effective and has less side effects, I'll be the first in line. As it stands right now, my choices are medication, ECT, or not be able to function. And, yes, I tried everything else before I started on meds. I was very anti-med for a very long time. It wasn't until I was in danger of ending up on the street that I realized it was the lesser of two evils.




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