New Doubts About Role of Serotonin in Depression

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The common belief that depression is linked to low levels of the neurotransmitter serotonin is again being questioned by top psychiatrists. Professor David Healy of the Hergest Unit, Bangor, U.K., writes in the British Medical Journal that the idea that serotonin levels might be lower in people with depression was rejected in the 1960s. But when serotonin reuptake inhibiting (SSRI) drugs were developed in the 1980s, the manufacturers searched for a problem the drugs could solve. So drug companies attempted marketing SSRIs for depression, Healy writes, even though they were

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Published By: Psych Central – Saturday, 18 July, 2015

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