Serotonin and Depression

Stephanator stephan at
Fri Oct 9 11:13:17 EST 1998

In article <6vl1bn$5fj$1 at>, cyrano at wrote:

> In article <6vkfki$h71$1 at oravannahka.Helsinki.FI>,
>   dag.stenberg at wrote:
> > If depression is related to malfunction of serotonin at a synaptic level
> > (a hypothesis I still like), this could of course be due to any of:
> Dear Dag,
> I think pointing to a unique neuromodulator,in depression,or in mood,is too
> "manichéen". Everything is complex in the central nervous system and complex
> behaviours,such as depression(which is a deficit of pleasure),cannot be
> reduced to even a few neuromodulators.
> By the way I have noticed that US scientists enjoy linking mood disturbances
> to genetic factors while this attitude is not seen in Europe.
> I feel this reduction of reality is very much linked to the extreme form of
> protestantism the USA has adopted since the Puritans.
> A general trait of US psychology is an absolute conviction that what their
> society think is the essence of rectitude.
> All deviances are,thus,pathologised,preferably with a genetic
> explanation,because what is different can only be wrong.
> Cheers,
> Claude
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Or maybe they just know more about genetics than you do :)

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