posted on Feb, 16 2008 @ 12:54 PM
Originally posted by ThePiemaker
reply to post by WEOPPOSEDECEPTION
So if you weren't depressed and took these medicines(as many people do), you'd actually end up becoming depressed and dependent upon the
medicine's?(should I even call them medicine?)
For people who are actually depressed and lacking serotonin production, are these SSRI's only temporary relief, meaning they'd have to take them
forever? Or can these SSRI's actually help get the brain to start producing serotonin on it's own again, offering an actual cure to these people's
problems that won't leave them forever dependent on drugs?
The drugs help to increase the amount of a naturally occuring neurotransmitter called serotonin, by slowing down (or inhibiting) the re-uptake
process. The reuptake process elimintates the effect of serotonin on brain receptors.
If you inhibit (or "stop") this "re-uptake" process you can make the serotonin inside of someone's brian more abundant, and able to do it's
neurotransmitting better, which usualy equals feeling better.
I don't really know about it's effects on a non-depressed person.
All "medicine" are like this. None are perfect. (they're the best we can do).
I'm not saying they're perfect, or right for some people. But, the invention of these drugs meant the difference between being locked up in some
mental ward and being able to get out of bed and talk to a therepist.
These drugs are what caused the closing of many mental hospitals. It meant that now, people could function on some level and be treated while living
at home rather than locked up or suicidal.
When these drugs were invented, giant mental hospitals started closing.
It meant great hope for people, as opposed to being lobotomized or shocked every day.
Not everything is a conspiracy or devised to harm us. Some things were really made to help us. Some things were great testaments to humanity, as I
believe some drugs were.
[edit on 16-2-2008 by Electro38]