My doctor said that anxiety and depressive disorders are caused by a biological problem or chemical imbalance problem in the brain? He also said that this biological or chemical imbalance problem is genetically caused. Is this true?
No, this is not true. Anxiety and depressive disorders are NOT caused by a biological problem with the brain, a chemical imbalance in the brain, or by a genetic predisposition.
While many in the medical, mental health, and science communities believed this to be true, these notions never were proven. In fact, these notions were completely debunked a few years ago.
For more detailed information about this, see our "Chemical Imbalance Disproven" article.
If a doctor or mental health professional tells you your anxiety and/or depression is caused by a biological problem with the brain, a chemical imbalance in the brain, or by a genetic predisposition, don't believe them. Then seek different advice. These notions, while popularized during the early 2000s, never were true.
The combination of good self-help information and working with an experienced anxiety disorder therapist, coach, or counselor is the most effective way to address anxiety and its many symptoms. Until the core causes of anxiety are addressed - we call these core causes the underlying factors of anxiety - a struggle with anxiety unwellness can return again and again. Dealing with the underlying factors of anxiety is the best way to address problematic anxiety.
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Authors: Jim Folk, Marilyn Folk, BScN. Last updated July 2016.