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Treating Depression: Is there a placebo effect?

Posted Feb 27 2012 1:30pm

Do antidepressants work? Since the introduction of Prozac in the 1980s, prescriptions for antidepressants have soared 400 percent, with 17 million Americans currently taking some form of the drug. But how much good is the medication itself doing? “The difference between the effect of a placebo and the effect of an antidepressant is minimal for most people,” says Harvard scientist Irving Kirsch. Will Kirsch’s research, and the work of others, change the $11.3 billion antidepressant industry? Lesley Stahl investigates. Read Story: Treating Depression: Is there a placebo effect?

Caution If you are depressed you should see your doctor. If you are already on Anti-depressants you should not stop taking them

Source: CBS News

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