A recent review of studies took over headlines in psychiatry. The media claimed that it “debunked” the serotonin hypothesis of depression and made antidepressants invalid. Yet, there were three major caveats to that conclusion.
One of the biggest issues was the fact that the researchers were measuring a biological marker against symptoms and using scales not validated to correlate with physiological effects.
Second, the authors did find evidence that antidepressants did help some people with depression.
Finally, clinical experience of psychiatrists and other integrative doctors have had success with serotonin supporting interventions. (They also understand it’s not the sole solution.)
So, how can we really hold that there is no correlation between serotonin and depression?
In my latest article and video, I explore why the serotonin hypothesis shouldn’t hold all the weight in mood disorders, but that serotonin does play an important part in brain health and function.
- Why we need a new way to treat mental health
- The integrative approach to psychiatric disorders
- A review of the foundational factors for brain health
- Three ways depression is linked to serotonin (brain receptors regions, methylation, and inflammation)
- Other theories of depression in the literature (dopamine and metabolic)
- A summary on why there is no “golden ticket” to treating depression
If you or someone you love is affected by mental health, empower yourself with this essential information.
You may also want to share this article with your mental health provider and/or wellness team.
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