Selective Serotonin Memories.

PharmaPain ‘To our knowledge, there is not a single peer-reviewed article that can be accurately cited to directly support claims of serotonin deficiency in any mental disorder, while there are many articles that present counter evidence…What remains unmeasured, though, is how many patients seek help from their doctor because antidepressant advertisements have convinced them that they are suffering from a serotonin deficiency’ (Lacasse JR, Leo J. 2005)

Not to mention the probably indeterminable number of deaths from suicide associated with – and potentially attributable to – antidepressant use.

And then, there is a scientifically demonstrated relationship between excessive serotonin levels and the promotion of chronic inflammation and disease issues.

Unfortunately, the official story about the connection between depression (as well as mental disorders in general) and serotonin exists independently of a large amount of well-performed experimental science.

Instead, it relies mainly upon unfounded assumptions, repeated dogma, misleading interpretations, misrepresented outcomes and, in some cases, intentionally dishonest results.

“The incongruence between the scientific literature and the claims made in FDA-regulated SSRI advertisements is remarkable, and possibly unparalleled…Professor Emeritus of Neuroscience Elliot Valenstein summarized the scientific data by concluding, “What physicians and the public are reading about mental illness is by no means a neutral reflection of all the information that is available” ” (Lacasse JR, Leo J. 2005)

It simply does not make sense from a biologically rational viewpoint for substances involved in developing and worsening all kinds of degeneration and disease to be given a label such as that popularly attached to serotonin.

Only in a world where genuine science takes a backseat to corporate-influenced publications, marketing and propaganda could serotonin be deserving of being named the “happy hormone”.

When making recommendations and prescriptions, doctors often repeat information handed to them. Instead, they need a well-rounded understanding of disease physiology and its relation to nutrition and pharmacology. Sadly, a long-held and deeply entrenched belief powerfully supported by existing cultural structures says they already have one.

On what basis do most doctors prescribe an SSRI – or other similarly acting antidepressants – for their patients?

For more on the subject of serotonin and depression and anxiety, and much more, check out my article Sorry! We Meant To Say Lower Serotonin also in The AntiDepressing eBook.

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Lacasse JR, Leo J. Serotonin and depression: a disconnect between the advertisements and the scientific literature. PLoS Med. 2005 Dec;2(12):e392.


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