Yes, I agree with author.
Having battled suicidal depression and chronic anxiety for a long time, and after a number of different drug treatments and endless therapy sessions; I always suspected from the beginning that something in my body was royally fucked, and it wasn't what any GP, MD, psychiatrsit or other 'professional' told me was wrong.
The traditional monamine hypothesis of mental illnes, the touted singular biological abnormality causing the distress, is even if it ever proven (unlikely), a terribly small part of the picture and more than likely a RESULT OF mental illness rather than A CAUSE.
Mental illnes is likely to be a combination of the following:
-Excesive inflammation (triggered by food allergens, franken foods, pesticides, other chemicals)
-Poor methylation (from lack of omega 3, shoody insulin response etc)
-Hormonal imbalances (Chronically elevated cortisol, low t)
-Heavy metal posiinig (Lead/mercury intoxication)
-Gut abnormality (damaged lining preventing absorbtion of amino acids such as tryptophan, the serotonin precursor)
-Thyroid irregularity (hyper/hypo
-Damaged mitochondria (from excessive cortisol damaging hippocampi and amyglada brain cells)
The above can very verified pathologically and empirically, what real science does; a "neuro-transmitter imbalance cannot.
The above will if not treated, essentaly keep the brain in a constant stress state, no wonder you'll have no energy, wont be able to concentrate, sleep poorly, suffer memory problems think negatively all the time (if you remove the thousands upon thousands of different contexts of negative thinking, it all boils down to a brain idnetifiying a threat and using the fight/flight response, but on a less visceral manner, eg "this is a threat, this will not be a postive/pro-survival outcome", have intrusive thoughts (your stressed brain running excessive battle/threat simulations, and generally feel god awful about life
Hey?! Wait a minute! The above sounds like depression, anxiety, ADD, OCD anddementia. Many names, many classifications (I believe the DSM-IV has 'identified' over 400 'disorders' now). Seems to me like they all exist on the same spectrtum, a result of the body's various stress responses gone fucking ballistic. But no, by correctly identified your particular disorder they can give you the correect drug treatment. Fantastic stuff! And what a track record for effective treatment!
Problem is, convincing your healthcare practioner (read legal drug dealer for big pharma companies) to look into the aforementioned, underlying causes; is akin to trying to get a rocking horse to shit itself.