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SSRI Drugs Can Cause Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

•, By Dr. Joseph Mercola

That's why depression is routinely treated with selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) that raise serotonin levels in your brain.

The problem is, serotonin is NOT responsible for depression, and raising your serotonin is the last thing you want to do, as it destroys empathy, love and wisdom. Elevated serotonin also impairs thyroid function, reduces your metabolism, and contributes to premature aging by increasing reductive stress.

SSRIs Linked to Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

SSRIs have also been linked to chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), otherwise known as myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME) or ME/CFS. As reported by bioenergetic medicine researcher Georgi Dinkov,1 elevated extracellular 5-HT has been shown to cause most of the CFS symptoms, including debilitating physical and mental fatigue.

"I am actually surprised it took researchers so long to make that connection," he writes,2 "considering the well-tested so-called 'central fatigue hypothesis' (CFH), which stipulates that most of the perception of fatigue is brain-derived and often is not peripherally biochemically justified.

More specifically, it is the accumulation of serotonin in the brain, which leads one to perceive severe fatigue even if the bioenergetic state of their muscles do not demonstrate signs of fatigue (e.g. lactate buildup, creatine kinase and LDH leakage, ammonia accumulation, etc).