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[Neuroscience] Re: Depression, behavior, and Neurobiology

Dr. Wayne Simon ariess at bellsouth.net
Mon May 22 19:18:36 EST 2006

The post is getting a little difficult to follow. Let me see if I can 
summarize and simplify the major debate.  The fact that  neurohormone levels 
correlatively decrease in the face of clinical depression either is somewhat 
responsible for the depressive mood itself, or is simply just as much a 
consqequence of the real cause of depression as is the depressive mood. 
However, when increasing neurohormonal levels by utilizing medications which 
block the reuptake of these hormones, a gradual return to the non-depressive 
state occurs.    Analagous to treating type II diabetes with an oral drug 
that stimulates the secretion of insulin.    Should one not utilize these 
medicinals to help the patients, even if the causal link is not perfectly 
established, or may not even exist?  These seem to be the basic issues, 
without getting into the genetics of the various subtypes of serotonin and 
norepinephrine receptors. 

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