How Antidepressants Are Numbing Your Emotions And Killing Your Joy


The development of antidepressant drugs stemmed from a theory that depression is caused by a chemical imbalance in the brain,
specifically low serotonin levels known as the ‘Serotonin hypothesis’ where it was surmised that an SSRI class of drug will
increase your serotonin levels and you can be happy again.

However, once it became clear that SSRIs were not working as well as hoped, research and development funding quickly evaporated.
This turned out to be a blessing in disguise because the lack of money forced researchers to look at what they were doing
differently.

This led to a new hypothesis called the ‘neuroplasticity hypothesis’ which theorized that depression is not so much about
low levels of neurotransmitters but more about issues with neuronal pathways and connections in the brain.
This is important because it suggests that recovery from depression is possible even for those who have had long-term
depression or who have been depressed for many years.

The main message here is that there are now many different treatment options for people with depression beyond
antidepressants alone.

There are also other therapies such as cognitive behavioral therapy, (CBT), which can be very effective in helping
people get back on track after an episode of severe depression.

It’s also important not to forget the development of antidepressant drugs stemmed from a theory that depression is
caused by a chemical imbalance in the brain, specifically low serotonin levels known as the ‘Serotonin hypothesis’,
where it was surmised that an SSRI class of drug will increase your serotonin levels and you can be happy again.

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