Have we all believed the "myth" about depression?  BBC News Arabic

Have we all believed the “myth” about depression? BBC News Arabic

  • Rachel Schreyer
  • Health Editor

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A study showing that depression is not caused by low levels of the “happy hormone” known as “serotonin” has become one of the most popular medical articles.

This study sparked a wave of misleading claims about antidepressant drugs, many of which increase the level of serotonin in the body.

And the research doesn’t show that the drugs aren’t effective. But the way it was dealt with raised questions about our view of mental illness.

After Sarah had her first major psychiatric episode, in her early twenties, doctors told her that the medication being prescribed to her was like “insulin for diabetics”. They told her it was necessary, it would correct something chemically wrong with her brain, and she should take it for life.

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