NPR Broadcast Reveals Shockingly Demeaning Views of Patients, blogger Paula Caplan.
Yesterday on "Morning Edition", several psychiatrists acknowledged there is not a shred of evidence that low serotonin level causes depression, revolutionary talk in light of the rampant bias in the mental health system - accepted unquestioningly by far too many laypeople - that troubling emotions come from well-established chemical imbalances and thus can be cured with drugs that affect those chemicals.
Here is the bizarre and deeply disturbing part of the NPR story: Alan Frazer, who chairs the pharmacology department at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio and researcher of the drugs that are marketed under the label (and promise) "antidepressants", announces that it is fine for patients to believe in this unproven theory. Why? It enables them to "come out of the closet" about being depressed.