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Re: about the chemical imbalance concept

Posted by RH on August 24, 2004, at 18:44:44

In reply to Re: about the chemical imbalance concept, posted by Simon Sobo MD on August 24, 2004, at 12:48:02

> Glad to see word is finally getting around. See the movie Garden State

Thanks for the flick tip, I'm going to check it out.

Don't be too optimistic, Dr. Sobo. Sales of the various brain chemical balanacing drugs is in the billions, if not tens of billions. I can obtain many of these over the intenet without seeing a doctor. Not that I would.

For the sake of those who are in turmoil, I understand that these drugs can provide the relief needed to go on. And, yes, I am aware that some patients show up at the hospital in a fetal postion, nearly catatonic, and I would not hesitate to use any good tool to help these folks, if I was a doctor, regardless of what might be the fundamental problem.

And it does not seem to me that a regulating mechanism in the brain might not malfunction, but that conditon may only explain those souls who we typically think of as needing institutionalization.

It is the huge number of people relying on meds that seems suspicious, as well as the faulty psuedo science behind the meds.

I am not sure exactly what role these drugs play in the ongoing slide into nihilism, but my research leads me to believe they hasten it. Still, I keep an open mind that they may in some way be helping to stave it off.

Sometimes I think patients should be seeing a philosopher, not a psychologist or pdoc. Does anyone agree with me? (Fortunately, some of the latter are the former -- patients should understand how to shop for that type.)

Who can argue with good therapy?

Final thought:

In addition to therapy and introspection, forcing happy thoughts on oneself does seem to work, for me certainly, and I know others who have made this confession.





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