i want to open up discussion about clinical depression because it's something that confuses me. ive done a lot of reading on the subject as i've been diagnosed with it and have lived with a depressed mother. The thing that concerns me is the idea of a "chemical imbalance" in the brain. i've read a lot of reports and have spoken to my uncle who's a research psychologist, who say that doctors/scientist have no idea what a chemiacally balanced brain is, and therefore cannot possibly know what a chemically imbalanced brain is. i understand that when someone is depressed levels of serotonin are lower in the brain, however, clinical depression implies that this just simply happens (like some sort of brain malfunction). it seems to ignore external factors, which to me seems odd. i dont know one person with depression who hasnt had negative experiences, either in childhood or adulthood, that hasnt contributed to their state of depression. so to me, it seems as though people's underlying issues need to be resolved in order to have any chance of recovery. the reason that this concerns me is that my mother has been on medication my whole life. yes, it eleviates some of the symptoms, but it never truely fixes the problem. all she had to do was visit a psychiatrist once, get a prescription and now goes back to a GP for a refill. she never had to do any therapy. therefore she's been merely getting by on meds and been miserable her whole life. now im not anti the meds...i went on some to help me get over a particularly bad patch but did it in conjunction with CBtherapy and am now off them...what concerns me is people like my mother on meds their whole life, who never actually experience any real quality of life. there has to be another answer...
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