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Do you psychiatrists actually know for sure how psychiatric drugs effect brain chemicals? Or is it just speculation?
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Dr. Daniel McGee
Family Medicine
8 doctors agree
In brief: Observation & Theory
Drugs prescribed by physicians go through some clinical trials prior to fda approval, but it's also true that the for some drugs the exact mechanisms of action & how they specifically interact in the brain are unknown.
It's also true that the theory of chemical imbalance causing some psychiatric disorders, such as decreased serotonin causing anxiety and depression is just that, theory.

In brief: Observation & Theory
Drugs prescribed by physicians go through some clinical trials prior to fda approval, but it's also true that the for some drugs the exact mechanisms of action & how they specifically interact in the brain are unknown.
It's also true that the theory of chemical imbalance causing some psychiatric disorders, such as decreased serotonin causing anxiety and depression is just that, theory.
Dr. Daniel McGee
Dr. Daniel McGee
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Dr. John Moranville
Psychiatry
6 doctors agree
In brief: Drug research
Drug companies spend millions of $ before a medication can be prescribed.
There are 2 phases of drug development before use in humans. The 3rd phase of development requires large scale trials in several different centers with volunteers. A new drug has to be compared to an existing drug and/or placebo (no drug).

In brief: Drug research
Drug companies spend millions of $ before a medication can be prescribed.
There are 2 phases of drug development before use in humans. The 3rd phase of development requires large scale trials in several different centers with volunteers. A new drug has to be compared to an existing drug and/or placebo (no drug).
Dr. John Moranville
Dr. John Moranville
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Dr. Luis Villaplana
Internal Medicine
3 doctors agree
In brief: Speculation?
I'm not a psychiatrist.
I treat a lot of patients for depression, anxiety, panic, bipolar and add. We do not speculate as to how meds work. We speculate as much as a pilot speculates how to get the plane in the air and get you were you where supposed to go safely.

In brief: Speculation?
I'm not a psychiatrist.
I treat a lot of patients for depression, anxiety, panic, bipolar and add. We do not speculate as to how meds work. We speculate as much as a pilot speculates how to get the plane in the air and get you were you where supposed to go safely.
Dr. Luis Villaplana
Dr. Luis Villaplana
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Dr. Kenneth Adler
SAmatt, possibly you were not correctly diagnosed initially.
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