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Serotonin deficiency as cause of depression – is it a myth?

Since the late 1980s, a popular theory has claimed that increasing levels of the signaling molecule serotonin is an important part of treating depression. This is typified by the antidepressant Prozac, which works by boosting serotonin levels.

When Prozac was launched in the 1980s, it became a popular treatment for depression very quickly. Because of the widespread use of Prozac, the theory that low levels of serotonin caused depression also rose in popularity. But is there sound evidence to support this theory? Many experts think not.

Serotonin deficiency as cause of depression – is it a myth? – Medical News Today.

About Dr Ramesh Manocha

Dr Ramesh Manocha MBBS BSc (med) PhD is a GP, educator and researcher. His PhD was completed at the Royal Hospital for Women and focused on the scientific evaluation of meditation and the mental silence experience. Ramesh is currently a senior lecturer at the Department of Psychiatry at Sydney University and is also the founder and convenor of Generation Next, a national circuit of professional development seminars for education, health and welfare professionals. View all posts by Dr Ramesh Manocha →
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