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Great Britain found that for mild to moderate depression, antidepressants were not effective
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"We came to the conclusion, that for mild to moderate depression, these drugs probably weren't worth having," noted Dr Tim Kendall, a practicing psychiatrist and Joint Director of the National Collaboration Centre for Mental Health who reviewed both published and unpublished studies of antidepressants.
"Like [Dr.] Irving Kirsch, they were surprised by what they found in the drug companies unpublished data," noted 60-Minutes correspondent, Lesley Stahl.
"With the published evidence, it's significantly overestimated the effectiveness of these drugs, and it underestimated the side effects," noted Dr. Kendall.
Great Britain's National Health Service decided to dramatically revamp the way that antidepressants are prescribed 60-Minutes correspondent, Lesley Stahl noted on the television show "60 MInutes" on Sunday, February 19, 2012 (10-minutes into the video).
It did so after doing it's own review of clinical trials, Stahl noted.
The video can be viewed here
The 14-minute video is posted here.
This article was originally published on Feb 23, 2012.
About Irving Kirsch, PhD
Irving Kirsch, PhD: Associate Director of the Harvard-wide Program in Placebo Studies
Here is description of Irving Kirsch from the Harvard-wide Program in Placebo Studies
“Irving Kirsch, PhD, is a faculty member at Harvard Medical School and Professor Emeritus of Psychology at the University of Hull, United Kingdom, and the University of Connecticut. Irving is noted for his research on placebo effects, antidepressants, expectancy and hypnosis. He is the originator of response expectancy theory and his analyses of clinical trials of antidepressants have influenced official treatment guidelines in the United Kingdom.
“Irving received his PhD in psychology from the University of Southern California in 1975. In 1975, he joined the psychology department at the University of Connecticut, where he worked until 2004, when he became Professor of Psychology at the University of Plymouth. He moved to the University of Hull in 2007 and joined the faculty of the Harvard Medical School in 2011.”
Contact Info for Irving Kirsch, PhD
Irving Kirsch, PhD
Harvard Medical School
Educ & Glob Prog Admin c/o Sally Andrews
641 Huntington Ave
Boston, MA 02115
Dr. Kirsch’s Book
Dr. Kirsch’s Book about the antidepressant myth
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