Healing Chemistry

No one is particularly fond of taking medication. It's not for everyone. However, there are times when nothing else has worked, despite your best effort. That's when it's time to consider taking the next step. Chemical care is not a silver bullet, it's complicated and it can be tricky. If you're taking medication it's like building a building. There's a blue-print, a foundation, scaffolding and a certain order in which you have to do things. It matters, when you take it. It matters how you take it. So, it's not something you take lightly.

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Selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitors

SSRIs block serotonin -re-uptake allowing more of it to get to the downstream receptor, thus increasing voltage in the serotonin circuits

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SNRIs

Selective serotonin and noradrenaline re-uptake inhibitors were the first innovation in the anti-depressant world after Prozac and its sisters.

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Stimulants

Ritalin, the original prescription stimulant was derived in the 1950s and since then there have been many variations on the theme

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Mood-stabilizers

Also known as anti-convulsants, these molecules have subtle but significant effects that promote improvements in mood and behavioural regulation.

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Psychedelics

All psychedelics stimulate serotonin circuits, specifically via 5HT2a receptors. As such they have powerful effects on mood, visual-spatial representations and decrease voltage in the DMN, Default Mode Network, through which they decrease 'ego'.

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Cannabis

Cannabis comes in two strains with radically different effects: Sativa and Indica. Beyond that cannabis can be processed to yield specific chemicals with very different effects: THC and CBD and various other 'cannabinoids'.