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Re: There is no such thing as a magic pill

Posted by linkadge on November 30, 2005, at 12:46:11

In reply to Re: There is no such thing as a magic pill, posted by Bryco on November 30, 2005, at 12:08:07

See thats the thing. I went for many years on that premise. I figured I have a bad serotonin gene and that I am chronically low in serotonin or something.

As I researched the topic more fully, I realized that these basic assumptions are not entirely accurate. In fact low serotonin in depression is not readily reproducable. Some studies find small correlations and many other studies find no correlation.

I know the tendancy is to not believe what I am saying. But looking at the research leads to completely inconclusive and contredictory results, regarding the monoamine hypothesis of affective disorders.

Its like with alzheimers disease. The drug companies would have you believe that it is due to low acetylcholine, hence why their drug Aricept works. But some of the most believable research (albeit bleak) shows that it is related to structural abnormalities, plaques, tangles, what have you.

I said in previous posts, that there is a Europeen antidepressant called tianeptine. It acts as a serotonin uptake accelerator, ie in a way exactly opposite to how SSRI's work.

So over in Europe, the inference might be that depression is due to high serotonin.

My non depressed friend, who stole some of my effexor once, told me that if he had a prescription for it, that he would take it. I asked him if he was depressed and he said "no, but it peps me up".

In short, I medicated myself for the past 6 years thinking neurotransmitter X was out of line. And (at the end of the day), i never really got anywhere. I just got enought of a jolt from the meds to keep the fairytale playing a little longer.





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