June 1, 2023

How the "Chemical Imbalance" Metaphor Harms Patients

Dr. Hans Schroder is mentioned in this Psychology Today article. 

Read the full article on Psychology Today's website. 


The third speaker, Hans Schroder, a clinical psychologist and professor of psychiatry at the University of Michigan, presented evidence that there’s nothing stigmatizing about the mere idea that my depression has biological causes; after all, love, jealousy and grief have biological causes, but we don't think of them as disorders. Rather, the stigmatizing power of the chemical imbalance metaphor comes from its insinuation that something in your brain isn't working as it’s supposed to or as nature intended. The idea that one’s brain is somehow malformed or defective is what gives the chemical imbalance metaphor its sting.