Chemical imbalance; urban legend or serious theory informed by psychiatrists? Although it is publicly refuted, the number of patients who claim to have a chemical imbalance continues to rise. The release of Prozac and the advancement of drug marketing in the late 1980s began the idea that chemical imbalances in the brain was the leading cause of mental disorders. This idea thrived through the years despite becoming a well-established myth. The term chemical imbalance provides psychiatrists a simple, well defined, scientific explanation to patients and families while defusing the patients overall feeling of responsibility. The chemical imbalance is simply constituted by a myth of misleading positions and red-headed stepchild[ren] that are
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