It’s less common these days to hear a psychiatrist admit what is well known in psychiatric circles: that the “chemical imbalance” theory is just that, there is no empirical evidence or chemical test for any “imbalance” of signaling chemicals in the brain, and good reason to believe there is no such thing. This “theory” is driven by the pharmaceutical industry which has essentially annexed psychiatry as a marketing tool, forestalling the collapse of the “profession” which is heir to phrenology, a sibling of eugenics and a willing tool of totalitarian governments and domestic abusers everywhere.
Anyway, what used to be common knowledge periodically surfaces above the noise. Here’s a recent article:
“Taking a pill to treat depression is widely believed to work by reversing a chemical imbalance. But in this week’s Scrubbing Up health column, Dr Joanna Moncrieff, of the department of mental health sciences at University College London, says they actually put people into “drug-induced states”.
If you’ve seen a doctor about emotional problems some time over the past 20 years, you may have been told that you had a chemical imbalance, and that you needed tablets to correct it. It’s not just doctors that think this way, either. Magazines, newspapers, patients’ organisations and internet sites have all publicised the idea that conditions like depression, anxiety, schizophrenia and bipolar disorder can be treated by drugs that help to rectify an underlying brain problem.
“People with schizophrenia and other conditions are frequently told that they need to take psychiatric medication for the rest of their lives to stabilise their brain chemicals, just like a diabetic needs to take insulin. The trouble is there is little justification for this view of psychiatric drugs. …”
Don’t get me wrong. Altered states have their place. Hallucinogens probably kept me sane when I was a teenager in an abusive home. But like any tool drugs can be abused, especially when they become a habit, like psych drugs.