Are You Chemically Imbalanced?

Nice little post at Shrink Rap, written by three psychiatrists, that highlights some of the arguments around the “chemical imbalance” theory. Most of all I like this:

What I do know is that while I don’t know what is meant by a “Chemical Imbalance,” my patients do. For them it is a term that explains things, that writes the story, that has meaning. There’s something socially acceptable about it. “I have poor coping skills” is pejorative and equally unprovable. “I have a chemical imbalance” is somehow explanatory, though still unprovable in a day-by-day psychiatric practice. I do know is that while I don’t know what is meant by a “Chemical Imbalance,” my patients do. For them it is a term that explains things, that writes the story, that has meaning. There’s something socially acceptable about it. “I have poor coping skills” is pejorative and equally unprovable. “I have a chemical imbalance” is somehow explanatory, though still unprovable in a day-by-day psychiatric practice.

Click on the Digg button if you found that thought provoking or even diverting. Thanks.

Kalea Chapman, Psy.D.

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Clinical Psychologist practicing in the Los Feliz neighborhood of Los Angeles, California.

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