Fraser Valley/Vancouver – Glynis Sherwood is a Vancouver based counsellor. Her website and blog can be found here.
The disease model of depression – and anti-depressant use – has been aggressively promoted by the pharmaceutical industry, and embraced by many mental health professionals. This is alarming given that there is no proof that shortages of neurotransmitters – such as serotonin or dopamine – cause depression. It may actually be the reverse, that depression lowers neurotransmitter levels. We only know how depressed people respond to anti-depressants – their levels of neurotransmitters rise, just like they would in response to any mood altering substance. This results in an artificial ‘high’. It does not amount to resolving the problem. Recent reviews in the Journal of the American Medical Association debunk the effectiveness of anti-depressants, except in extremely severe cases, and highlight adverse physical and psychological side affects.
Glynis Sherwood – MEd, Canadian Certified Counsellor, Registered Clinical Counsellor, specializes in recovery from Depression, Low Self Esteem, Anxiety, Scapegoating/Bullying, Grief and Addictive Behaviors.