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Re: Larry, Re: about the chemical imbalance concept

Posted by Larry Hoover on April 26, 2003, at 8:58:42

In reply to Re: Larry, Re: about the chemical imbalance concept, posted by Simon Sobo, M.D. on April 26, 2003, at 6:51:22

> It is interesting that almost all of the posts in reaction to my article have suggested still more medicines and herbs to try to treat "the chemical imbalances" they are dealing with. Actually my article is challenging the automatic assumption that the problem is necessarily chemical. It may be but it may not be. The fact is this. WE DON'T KNOW! I am not against using medications in my practice. They are often very helpful but I am claiming they exert their effect through the more general psychological effects that they have on a person and not through a specific correction of a specific chemical imbalance for a specific diagnosis.

Dr., I am pleasantly surprised to see your post here. Thank you for coming forward.

If I may ask a couple questions....

Using the state/trait dichotomy, would you say that e.g. antidepressants are capable of inducing states from which a subject may find it easier to cope with their traits?

How have your peers reacted to your article? Was it published in a journal?





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