"As it turns out, these mental health problems are actually linked to elevated levels of serotonin in the amygdala, not low levels. Your amygdala is the seat of primitive emotions such as fear. And the more serotonin produced in this area, the more anxious you feel."One in 20 Americans over the age of 12 struggles with depression and 11 percent of the U.S. population over the age of 12 is on antidepressant medication. This, despite overwhelming evidence showing that antidepressants are no better than placebo in terms of effectiveness.
As noted in a 2014 paper on antidepressants and the placebo effect, published in the journal Zeitschrift Fur Psychologie:
“Antidepressants are supposed to work by fixing a chemical imbalance, specifically, a lack of serotonin in the brain. Indeed, their supposed effectiveness is the primary evidence for the chemical imbalance theory.
But analyses of the published data and the unpublished data that were hidden by drug companies reveals that most (if not all) of the benefits are due to the placebo effect …
Even the small statistical difference between antidepressants and placebos may be an enhanced placebo effect, due to the fact that most patients and doctors in clinical trials successfully break blind.”Read more at Health Nut News..