Publication Bias & the Chemical Imbalance Theory

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This is the last installment of Debunking the Chemical Imbalance Theory of Depression. The previous installments can be found here: Part I | Part II | Part III | Part IV With social media at the forefront of 21st-century communication, there is a tendency for non-experts to argue with one another via evidence-based research. Having…

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Debunking the Chemical Imbalance Theory, Part IV

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Part I—The History of Chemical Imbalance Theory Part II—The Flaws of Chemical Imbalance Theory Part III—Pharmaceutical Advertising & Chemical Imbalance Theory At this point in our journey, you’re probably coming around to the idea that the chemical imbalance theory is flawed at best and an outright lie at worst. Although it’s been disproven over and…

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Debunking the Chemical Imbalance Theory, Part III

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This is the third installment of an ongoing series debunking the chemical imbalance theory of depression. Part I examines the history of the theory while Part II examines its fatal flaws. Part III looks at the history of pharmaceutical advertising. Antidepressants are a $26.25 billion dollar industry. If the industry as a whole was a…

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Debunking the Chemical Imbalance Theory, Part II

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This is Part II of Debunking the Chemical Imbalance theory. Part I can be found here. Psychiatry, like most hard sciences, suffers as research trickle down from laboratories to the mainstream. Take our friend from Part I, Harvard neuropsychopharmacologist Joseph Schildkraut, who said in 1965 that the chemical imbalance theory was “at best a reductionistic…

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Debunking the Chemical Imbalance Theory, Part I

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I’m going to take the time to dive into the chemical imbalance theory of depression, and why it’s a big ‘o pile of crap. I’m taking the time to do this because 80% of people believe that depression is caused by a chemical imbalance, despite overwhelming evidence otherwise. Today I will focus on the history…

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