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ANTIDEPRESSANTS

Half of antidepressant studies show NO difference between drug and placebo, Irving Kirsch, PhD

"The difference between drug [antidepressants] and placebo is very, very small, and in half the studies, [the difference] is nonexistent" said Dr. Irving Kirsch, a psychologist from Harvard University who has been studying placebos for 36 years, in an interview on the television show "60 MInutes" on Sunday, February 19, 2012 (5-minutes into the video). Read the entire article | Email this article
Posted by Larry Hobbs on Sun, Aug 14, 2016 10:42 am | [0] comments

ANTIDEPRESSANTS

Antidepressants provide no benefits to people with mild to moderate depression, Walter Brown, MD

"[Walter Brown, MD, Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Brown University's School of Medicine] says that [people with mild depression] are getting virtually no benefit from the chemical in [antidepressants]," noted 60-Minutes correspondent, Lesley Stahl, in an interview she did on "60 MInutes" on Sunday, February 19, 2012 (8-minutes into the video).

Dr. Brown has coauthored two studies of antidepressants that largely corroborate Dr. Irving Kirsch's findings, that antidepressants are not much more effective than placebo for people with mild to moderate depression.

"The number of antidepressant prescriptions over the last decade has increase, and most troublesome, the biggest increase is in those who are mildly depressed who are the one's who are least likely to benefit from them," Dr. Brown noted (7.5-minutes into the video). Read the entire article | Email this article
Posted by Larry Hobbs on Sun, Aug 14, 2016 9:30 am | [0] comments
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