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Are Antidepressant Drugs Better Than Placebo For Depression?

Posted Jul 26 2010 4:01pm

Clinical psychologist Irving Kirsch is selling a new book in which he argues that anti-depressants aren’t much better than placebo.  He bases his claim on sophisticated statistical studies he has done that combine the results of antidepressant research trials from over the years.

The scary part is that he had to use the freedom of information act to get a hold of some of the studies.

His analysis shows that for all but very depressed patients, the impact of using antidepressants wasn’t any better than using placebo.

This turns out to be very similar to the results of a recent study published in JAMA — antidepressants didn’t really help mild depressions.

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