Essays Series 1: Serotonin and Depression

My seven part series on serotonin and depression analyzes the linguistic, historical, sociological, scientific, and medical movements that medicalized depression and created the markets that have, if anything, exacerbated the illness for many modern patients.

The underlying theme is that medical authorities diagnose and treat what is legible under statistical legibility – therefore sociological and environmental inputs are largely neglected in the experience and amelioration of depression. An approach to the epistemology of depression that frees it from institutional authority can be fruitful for sufferers, i.e. epistemological anarchism vs. epistemological rationalism.

By the end you should understand how depression came under the gaze of science, how it came to be understood as medically treatable, and how it has succeeded and failed, with a blueprint for how to improve your own symptoms by expanding beyond what is medically legible (e.g. sunlight, exercise, controlling mitochondrial inflammation, etc).