Please note that this is an opinion piece by an ADAA colleague member --
"...the conclusion of a study published in Molecular Psychiatry in July 2022 – that there is “no support for the hypothesis that depression is caused by lowered serotonin activity or concentrations” – is not surprising, or even new. What is surprising is that popular media is interpreting the study’s conclusions to say that if serotonin is not the cause of depression, then antidepressants don’t work. Huh?
Nutraceuticals and herbal remedies are very popular in the United States and worldwide. Reasons for their popularity include access without a prescription, and generally fewer side effects compared to prescription drugs. However, the safety and efficacy products are less well studied and understood compared to FDA approved drugs. With growing use, we have seen more cases of serious side effects, toxic reactions, and interactions with other drugs. Shopping for nutraceuticals can also be tricky because different commercial preparations may vary in purity and strength. Finally, these treatments are not generally covered by medical insurance, so the consumer must pay out of pocket.
If you are in crisis please dial 988 for the Suicide & Crisis Lifeline.Please note: ADAA is not a direct service organization. ADAA does not provide psychiatric, psychological, or medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment.
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