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Do Antidepressants Cure or Create Abnormal Brain States?

  • Joanna Moncrieff mail,

    To whom correspondence should be addressed. E-mail: j.moncrieff@ucl.ac.uk

  • David Cohen
  • Published: June 06, 2006
  • DOI: 10.1371/journal.pmed.0030240

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Posted by plosmedicine on 30 Mar 2009 at 23:57 GMT

Author: Irene Mazis
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Submitted Date: July 16, 2006
Published Date: July 18, 2006
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That depression should be reversed chemically and thereby create an "abnormal brain state" is a tautological proposition.

Drugs have to create an abnormal brain state, if the normal brain state was one of an illness such as mania, depression, neurological damages from any number of causes. In alleviateing these conditions antidepressants both cure and cause abnormal brain states.

However, if you mean that the abnormal state created by a drug is irreversible or chronic, then that is a different question about the effect of the drug on the brain, and a loaded question at that.

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ore Create Abnormal Brain States?