placebo effect

Leading Psychiatrists Unwittingly Acknowledge Psychiatry Is a Religion, Not a Science

This article by Dr. Bruce Levine has been published by Mad in America. It begins: “Since the seventeenth century, Enlightenment thinkers have distinguished science from religion, and by at least one critical distinction, leading psychiatrists have unwittingly acknowledged that major constructs…
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Most people on antidepressants don’t need them: time to wean them off

This leader-article comes from The Economist. It begins: “Almost 35 years ago American drug regulators approved Prozac, the first in a series of blockbuster antidepressants known as selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitors (SSRIs). Prozac and its cousins were lauded by patients and…
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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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