Health & Views by Dr. Harold Gunatillake

Posted on 09 August 2017 by admin

It is said that bipolar disorder is caused by a chemical imbalance in the brain, is there an actual test with accurate results for bipolar? The term “chemical imbalance” is my least favorite term in all of pop psychology/psychiatry. The “chemicals” of which people refer to are actually called “neurotransmitters.” Neurotransmitters are a substance in the brain that allow for the electrical conduction and transmission of signals between brain cells (or, “neurons”). There is no test for chemical imbalance in the brain for any disorder because no one knows how much of any neurotransmitter is optimal, and it varies from person to person, and the neurotransmitters themselves are not in stagnant amounts, and we need different amounts in different parts. Some neurotransmitters also function as hormones (or you could say that they are hormones that function as neurotransmitters). These neurotransmitters have a chemical composition (so does your desk chair), but they are not liquids in the sense that they can be measured in volume. In fact, they are molecules. 

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Health & Views August 2017 by Dr. HG
 

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