Psychiatry's Manufacture of Consent
The Chemical Imbalance Theory and the Antidepressant Explosion

Levine, Bruce E.
http://www.counterpunch.org/2014/05/14/psychiatrys-manufacture-of-consent/

Publisher:  Counterpunch
Date Written:  14/05/2014
Year Published:  2014  
Resource Type:  Article
Cx Number:  CX16304

Starting in the 1990s — despite research findings that levels of the neurotransmitter serotonin were unrelated to depression — Americans began to be exposed to highly effective television commercials for antidepressants that portrayed depression as caused by a “chemical imbalance” of low levels of serotonin and which could be treated with “chemically balancing” antidepressants such as Prozac, Zoloft, Paxil, and other selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs).