Antidepressants are thought to correct a chemical imbalance in the brain that causes depression. Let’s talk about why this theory is flawed and about the true purpose of psychiatric medication.

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Hi everyone! My name is Autumn Asphodel and I am a motivator and coach to help you get to the root of any problem you have, face it, and overcome it. The information I’d like to share with you today is about psychiatric medications and the purpose they serve. This is a continuation to my previous video about the causes of depression, so be sure to check that out if you haven’t already, since I am continuing where I left off.

Psychiatric medications, specifically antidepressants, such as SSRIs (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors), SNRIs (serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors), NDRIs (norepinephrine-dopamine reuptake inhibitors), and MAOIs (monoamine oxidase inhibitors), are thought to correct a chemical imbalance in the brain that causes depression. Antidepressants target the brain’s neurotransmitter chemicals serotonin, norepinephrine, and dopamine. Imbalances of these chemicals are said to cause depression. However, this is just speculation and doesn’t explain why these chemicals are imbalanced in the first place.

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The chemical imbalance theory has never been scientifically proven. But people still believe this idea that the pharmaceutical industry promotes. Scientists and doctors strongly convince us that medications are the only way to remedy a health problem, which is simply untrue. We do not need medication to be healthy or to overcome a challenge. Implying that we need to take drugs to fix an illusive chemical imbalance is not only stigmatizing, but also prevents people from healing and getting to the root of their issue.

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Now before I share the purpose of psychiatric medication, please be aware that it isn’t my place to tell you if you should or shouldn’t be taking medication. The choice is entirely up to you. I am all about getting to the root of the issue and correcting it so that you can live a happy life. That’s why I don’t see depression and anxiety as lifelong conditions.

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I know what it’s like to be chronically depressed and anxious, and I beat it with years of therapy and dedication toward my ideal goal of becoming happy and free of the obstacles that held me down. If a doctor had told me that I had a chemical imbalance and would never get better unless I took medication, I would have felt discouraged, and I would not have pushed myself as hard to overcome my challenges.

This is why you will never hear from me that something is impossible. Because I strongly believe, based on my own experience, that you can work through anything. It took me about five years of therapy and self discovery to truly get to the root of my issues and to learn to love myself. Of course, I still have moments of doubt, discouragement, and even shame. But I am thankful that my former chronic depression and anxiety are no more.

Depression and anxiety are not lifelong. It is our mind, our doctors, and especially the pharmaceutical industry that tells us a chemical imbalance needs to be treated with medication. Can you understand how stigmatizing that is? Professionals declare up front that there is something seriously wrong, that it’s a chronic imbalance in your brain, and that drugs will help to regulate the problem. The professional consensus is that you are unable to heal by yourself, that you are not strong enough, and that you will likely have to deal with your issue, under medical supervision, for the rest of your life.

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That sort of professional standard is truly saddening. Those of us who struggle with depression and anxiety do feel alone, like no one truly gets us, and we may not be able to shake the feeling that we are outcasts. But, putting yourself down doesn’t solve anything. Criticizing yourself, believing you are mentally unstable and your brain is imbalanced, doesn’t actually solve anything. What it does do is encourage you to think you are unable to work through a challenge that keeps you in the medical system. And that’s what these pharmaceutical companies want. Because if you get better, they cannot profit.


So what is psychiatric medication best suited for then? I view it as a bridge to get you from point A to point B. Let’s say that you are in a low state, unable to see any positivity or bright future ahead. Suppose you’ve tried everything, and nothing seems to work. Then, you are prescribed an antidepressant, and after a while you may begin to feel better. You then get to a point where you are able to function without the medication, so you stop taking it. I do not recommend psychiatric drugs long-term since countless studies have shown that over time antidepressants are ineffective, are addictive, and can actually cause major physical and mental health problems, including the very thing they’re prescribed to correct, a chemical imbalance.

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What we should be doing is encouraging those with depression and anxiety to truly get to the root of their issue. Obviously, this cannot happen overnight. And if medication can be beneficial in the short-term as a treatment to get to that stable place, then that’s the journey you must take. However, lifelong dependency on pharmaceuticals should not be the end goal. Prescription drugs are being overprescribed, and it’s greatly impacting our health and the environment.

The root cause of depression and anxiety is not a chemical imbalance. Medication is not a problem solver. The only true way to find happiness is to learn to love yourself and to accept the life you have and the choices you have made. Live each day with positivity and gratefulness. We must not allow regret to overwhelm us, but rather live a happy future free of regret by facing our mistakes and learning from them. The true cause of our issues lie deep within us. Nothing external can fix that. Only you can fix yourself, and you have the power to do it. Stand up for yourself and make each day count. Approach every day as a learning experience, and you can make it through.

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As someone who has struggled with depression for much of their life, including presently, I believe in getting to the root of the issue and addressing that. Most psychiatrists don’t know what causes depression, and claim it’s a chemical imbalance. Instead, this is the least most likely cause of depression. The medication prescribed to combat this chemical imbalance have been shown to actually cause a chemical imbalance.

I have never used psychiatric medication and there is no reason for me to. I managed to beat the hardest part of my depression and anxiety by working towards my ideal goals and pushing forward no matter what, despite all the criticism and negative remarks. I beat this, and so can you!

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April 28, 2019 6:31 PM

I can only speak for myself and how being Bipolar type 2 and General Anxiety Disorder has been a life long ordeal for me. Metal illness runs in both my parents families so I am not surprised by the diagnosis of several different medical professionals in 2003 after a particularly painful mood disorder and depression. Looking back to my first memory of my life experience I can see how bipolar disorder has shaped my childhood and well into adulthood. I have had successfully been treated by several different mental health professionals over my lifetime. I’m a advocate of mental healthcare… Read more »