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A 25-year-old male asked:

If psychiatric meds only change levels of neurotransmitters in brain, does everything go back to how it was before when the med is stopped or changed?

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Dr. Donald Jacobson
A Verified Doctoranswered
41 years experience
Very interesting ?: It is too general a question to answer, as each drug is different as is each patient's brain and illness. We assume things have re established an equilibrium if the person remains normal after the med is stopped ( ie a cure). If the illness returns quickly, then we assume that the medication was acting like a "cast" and was helping maintain but necessarily re establishing the equilibrium. If longterm side effects remain, such as a permanent dyskinesia then we know there has been a permanent change in brain chemistry.In reality however the brain is an ever-changing organ with great plasticity, so that the above comments can only be viewed as hypotheses and gross generalizations.
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Dr. Thomas Long
General Practice 44 years experience
Unfortunately not: Psychiatric medications that change the levels of neurotransmitters in the brain also change the wiring in the brain. They also change the number of chemicals that break down the neurotransmitters. Also, the wiring changes i referred to are actually electrical signals between brain cells, neurons. The changes also produce memories, which change our perceptions of the past, present, future 4ever..
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