This editorial, an opinion piece by Prof David Healy, was recently published in the BMJ. In this post I intend to explore the arguments made around whether “chemical imbalance” was ever part of standard medical teaching. I will also explore the suggestion, made by some experts that antidepressant prescribing in the western world is “conservative”.
A psychiatrist in training gave his view that the above reply was “the cleverest” and then offered his own reply:
The psychiatrist in training then gave the following link to what he called: “the sensible reaction”:
I found that I agreed with the statement made in this “expert reaction” by the President of the Royal College of Psychiatrists:
However I found that I did not share the view of Professor David Taylor that the “idea that SSRIs correct an…
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