I read an article recently that stated that there is no scientific proof that bipolar disorder is caused by a chemical imbalance in the brain. Well, knock me over with a feather!
A chemical imbalance in the brain is the best explanation I have found for my bipolar disorder, and the one that I use to explain it to others, and the one easiest for them to understand.
It really doesn’t bother me that the scientists don’t have proof for it, because I usually find that unless the drug manufacturers are involved (big money), people are hard pressed to push for a scientific backing for any explanation of anything! Sorry, just my opinion.
But really, show me another explanation then. One that makes sense. Because a chemical imbalance makes the most sense to me, scientific backing or not.
And another thing – again, scientific backing or not – if it’s not a chemical imbalance, then why does the medication work so good on it for me (and so many others)?
I am a firm proponent for the “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” philosophy of life.
If the idea of a chemical imbalance as an explanation for bipolar disorder works, why not use it? What do I care whether there is “scientific proof” or not? Just because there haven’t been a gazillion studies done on the theory does NOT mean it isn’t true!
I am living proof that the theory is true, and the fact that the medications I take to “fix” the chemical imbalance in my brain WORK is also proof that the theory is true. If there were a study to prove the theory, I would be first in line to help prove it. Nuff said.