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Originally posted by joey
With all due respect, Earthtone, I think it's a very broad generalization that "the chemically induced up is not worth the down." If you accept the conclusion that clinical depression, panic disorder, o.c.d. etc., are caused by a lack of serotonin, then you must find a way to replace that chemical. A person who is taking antidepressants for a diagnosed disorder is not searching for a chemical high, but to feel normal. The reason the SSRI's work on many people, is due to the fact that they supply the missing brain chemicals that have caused the condition in the first place. So, you are not getting high, but restore brain chemicals to their proper level.
Would you deny a diabetic insulin because of the effects that would ensue if insulin were withdrawn?