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Letters Serotonin and depression

Healy’s editorial on serotonin and depression does a disservice to psychiatrists

BMJ 2015; 350 doi: (Published 14 May 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;350:h2508
  1. Alexander E Langford, core trainee in psychiatry1
  1. 1South London and the Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust, Bethlem Royal Hospital, Beckenham BR3 3BX, UK
  1. alexander.langford{at}

Healy does a great disservice to jobbing psychiatrists with his editorial on serotonin and depression, the marketing of a myth.1 By portraying them as “co-opted into a myth” about low levels of serotonin being the sole cause of depression he paints them as gullible. And by stating that this theory is “an easy shorthand …

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