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Do neurotransmitter levels return to normal after getting over depression?

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Dr. Steven Reidbord
Psychiatry 37 years experience
Levels not abnormal: Many people don't realize there is no documented "chemical imbalance" in depression — no measurable differences in neurotransmitter levels in depressed vs nondepressed subjects. That's why there's no blood test for depression. What we do know is that antidepressants change the levels of neurotransmitters, and this is associated with beneficial effects. The effect ends when the meds are stopped.
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