The government knows stress causes “learned helplessness” / depression

I have had discussions with numerous psychiatrists about the concept of “learned helplessness” (LH) and its relation to chronic stress. All of those doctors flatly denied that LH is a concept relevant to humans and argued that it is nothing more than a useful model of depression in animal studies, designed to evaluate animal exposure … Read more The government knows stress causes “learned helplessness” / depression

Serotonin causes anhedonia…and mental illness in general

As many of my readers know, anhedonia is one of the most pernicious symptoms of most mental disorders, and is perhaps the most resistant to therapy. It also happens to be one of the main triggers of attempted suicide, based on interviews with suicide survivors. I posted some threads in the past demonstrating that chronic … Read more Serotonin causes anhedonia…and mental illness in general

Chronic stress (adversity) lowers dopamine and causes mental illness

The evidence for the role of chronic stress in virtually every health condition doctors have a name for just keeps on accumulating. Unfortunately, even in this latest study the scientists keep insisting that there is some mysterious and unquantifiable difference between chronic stress “increasing risk of” and “causing” pathology. Yet, those same scientists have no … Read more Chronic stress (adversity) lowers dopamine and causes mental illness

PUFA and serotonin promote each other, and likely cause mental illness

I neat new study that draws a direct parallel between PUFA-driven inflammation, serotonin and depression. As the study demonstrated, high levels of the PUFA arachidonic acid (AA) are highly correlated with lower density (expression) of the serotonin transported (SERT, 5-HTT), and the relationship is actually causative in both directions (AA<->serotonin). This results in increased serotonin … Read more PUFA and serotonin promote each other, and likely cause mental illness

Estrogen is a stress hormone, it can both trigger and potentiate the effects of stress

I was quite surprised to see this article in WebMD – a website that is bastion of mainstream medicine. It regularly promotes dogmas related serotonin, estrogen, oxytocin, growth hormone, etc and the myriad of “benefits” these substances bestow upon humans. However, a bit of truth apparently manages to slip through the censorship every once in … Read more Estrogen is a stress hormone, it can both trigger and potentiate the effects of stress

Avoiding sunlight may be as bad for health as smoking a pack a day

As most readers of this blog know, the current recommendations of the American Dermatology Association (ADA) call for pretty much no sun exposure of any skin areas unless those areas have been “protected” by sunscreen. The same recommendation applies to tanning beds and makes not distinction of a person’s place of living. In other words, … Read more Avoiding sunlight may be as bad for health as smoking a pack a day

Vast majority (90%) of depression cases are caused by stress

In case anybody continues to doubt the stress-depression connection and/or their doctor tries to convince them their depression is due to genetic predisposition, below is an eye-opening statement from the mighty WebMD – the mouthpiece of mainstream medicine. As the article states, about 10% of people fall into depression without a stressful event. This is … Read more Vast majority (90%) of depression cases are caused by stress

A selective serotonin antagonist is a potent antidepressant

Fraud, fraud and nothing but fraud! I used to think it is shear stupidity, but the evidence for deliberate manipulation of public opinion and health policy is just too strong. After more than half a century of claiming that serotonin cures depression, now mainstream medicine is quietly trying to retreat from this fiasco by introducing … Read more A selective serotonin antagonist is a potent antidepressant

Endotoxin (LPS) may cause depression / anhedonia

As many readers know, anhedonia is one of the most pernicious aspects of clinical depression. It is present in other mental health conditions but is most pronounced and severe in clinical unipolar depression. It is also especially resistant to treatment and many doctors simply accept it as something that current drugs cannot address and focus … Read more Endotoxin (LPS) may cause depression / anhedonia

There is no “Depression Gene”, and any “evidence” of a genetic cause so far has been fairy tales

I did not think that I would see such a brave post appear on the front page of “Science” magazine, but here it is below. Apparently, common sense is finally starting to prevail in psychiatry and some doctors have had enough with the whole genetics fraud. They published a paper arguing that not only there … Read more There is no “Depression Gene”, and any “evidence” of a genetic cause so far has been fairy tales