chemical imbalance

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A popular term of uncertain utility, which refers to the as-yet unconfirmed posit that many, if not all, mental disorders are attributable to a disequilibrium of one or more neurotransmitters

chemical imbalance

Psychology A popular term of uncertain utility, which refers to a belief that many, if not all, mental disorders are attributable to a disequilibrium of one or more neurotransmitters
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They discuss the discovery of chlorpromazine and the development of the chemical imbalance theory of mental illness, including the dopamine theory of schizophrenia and the serotonin theory of depression.
Some readers may take issue with her contention that chemical imbalance theory "is on just as shaky ground as Charcot's elusive lesion" (305).
David Oaks (letters, July 30) argues in support of Tom Cruise's claim that the chemical imbalance theory, and psychiatry in general, are merely pseudoscience.
In June, actor Tom Cruise criticized the chemical imbalance theory of psychiatry as pseudoscience.

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