Childhood stress causes mental illness in adults by blunting androgens

Yet another great study solidifying the evidence on just how detrimental early childhood stress is. It has been known for decades that childhood stress leads to early puberty, and that the latter is associated with greatly increased risk of chronic diseases later in life, as well as early death. However, mainstream medicine has always heatedly … Read more

A third of Americans show signs of clinical anxiety, depression

The news about deteriorating health of the population just keep piling on. The latest one below shows that at least a third of the US population shows signs of clinical anxiety and/or depression. The reason I put clinical in bold is that it means the pathology is severe enough to require treatment and if left … Read more

Advertising Makes People Unhappy

Engineering demand is one of the main goals of marketing, and as such it is an indispensable tool for any for-profit company. In fact, these days, advertising is actually a crucial task in virtually any organization engaging with the public, be it non-profit, academic, government, local, etc. Yet, economic studies consistently demonstrate that advertising does … Read more

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 the startle response, and likely PTSD as well

As my readers know, I have posted quite a few threads in the past on the topic of PTSD. It is a condition that affects up to 30% of current/former military members, and is considered a condition of unknown cause and without treatment. Current treatment options consist of mostly symptom management with serotonergic (SSRI) drugs … Read more

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

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

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

Psychiatric diagnoses are ‘worthless’, most mental conditions stem from stress (trauma)

It is rare to see a study like the one below that does not hold anything back and exposes psychiatry for what it really is – fraud. Well, the exact words used were a “disingenuous categorical system” but words like “worthless” and “meaningless” were also used freely. In summary, psychiatry is a highly profitable scam, … Read more

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