Cubbie Swagger wrote:Mr. Sofa, I have a direct question for you.
Let's assume for a second that the chemical imbalance theory is proven fact. Let's assume kids with ADHD have different brains.
If that is the case, does it not bother you that there is no testing at all involved in the diagnosis? These drugs are prescribed based purely on observed symptoms.
Because the conditions can be diagnosed pretty well at this point via behavioral observation, which is much more affordable. I really don't want people to have to pay for things like brain scans for conditions that can be diagnosed much more simply. Look at it this way" things like brain scans are necessary to better understand the condition, but not necessary to diagnose it.
To take it one step further: Let's talk about SSRI's for a second. Like I said, more than 90% of the serotonin in the body is produced in the gut. That's a fact. So, given that fact, how can a psychiatrist say with any certainty (again, without doing any testing whatsoever) that you have a genetic chemical imbalance that causes depression? Doesn't it seem more likely that the food you're putting into your gut is to blame?
No; the serotonin in the gut is peripheral serotonin that is different than the serotonin that is used by the brain as a neurotransmitter. The serotonin in the gut is for the enteric nervous system, which runs the gastrointestinal system. Serotonin from the gut can impact things like osteoporosis and IBS, but it's not going to function like serotonin in the brain does.
Obviously, the ideal situation would be if there was affordable testing available for everything and everything, but in the meantime it's not inherently a problem to diagnose certain things through behavior and symptom observation.