placebo effect

Antidepressants Work Better Than Sugar Pills Only 15 Percent of the Time

This article by Adam Piore has been published in Newsweek magazine. It begins: “Five years ago Mark Horowitz seemed an unlikely skeptic of psycho-pharmaceuticals. He had been taking the popular antidepressant Lexapro virtually every day for 15 years. He was so…
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What Is the Importance of Nassir Ghaemi’s Conclusion that Psychiatric Drugs Do Not Provide a Long-term Benefit?

“… [Nassir] Ghaemi, a professor of psychiatry at Tufts Medical School, concluded that psychiatric drugs, except for lithium, do not provide a long-term benefit and thus should mostly be prescribed for short-term relief of symptoms.“ This article by Robert Whitaker has…
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Primum non nocere: an evolutionary analysis of whether antidepressants do more harm than good

This review has been published on the PubMed website. The abstract says: “Antidepressant medications are the first-line treatment for people meeting current diagnostic criteria for major depressive disorder. Most antidepressants are designed to perturb the mechanisms that regulate the neurotransmitter serotonin…
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Association between patient beliefs regarding assigned treatment and clinical response: reanalysis of data from the Hypericum Depression Trial Study Group

This study has been published on the PubMed website. The abstract says: “Objective: To reanalyze data from a 2002 study by the Hypericum Depression Trial Study Group to determine whether patients who believed they were receiving active therapy rather than placebo obtained…
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Antidepressants might be largely ineffective, study suggests

The Daily Telegraph reports : “Antidepressants should be prescribed less routinely by doctors, scientists have said, after a study concluded there was no strong evidence that the drugs were effective. New research has indicated the side effects many patients suffer from…
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Healing Depression without Medication: A Psychiatrist’s Guide to Balancing Mind, Body, and Soul

This book has been written by psychiatrist Dr. Jodie Skillicorn . The publishers say: “An effective, evidence-based guide for preventing, treating, and overcoming depression–without drugs. Antidepressants–the first line in our standard of care for treating depression–may not be much more effective…
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Antidepressants do not work better than a placebo, study finds

Eleanor Hayward Health, reporting for the Daily Mail, writes : “Doctors should stop prescribing antidepressants because there is no decent clinical evidence that they work better than a placebo, a study has found. About one in six British adults take the…
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The Emperor’s New Drugs : Antidepressants and the Placebo Effect

This free course (from Mad in America Continuing Education) includes a lecture video from Prof. Irving Kirsch (Associate Director of the Program in Placebo Studies and lecturer in medicine at the Harvard Medical School and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center), together with…
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Blue Dreams: The Science and the Story of the Drugs That Changed Our Minds

This audio CD comes from Lauren Slater. The publishers say: “The explosive story of the discovery and development of psychiatric medications, as well as the science and the people behind their invention, told by a riveting writer and psychologist who shares her…
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