The placebo effect

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  1. Anonymous Says:

    I’m not sure if this is the same study or if it is cited there somewhere but other information I have read about regarding depression and sugar pills (placebos) state that it is difficult to know if the placebo “cured” the problem or other factors. Two of the things I remember are that it takes time for antidepressants to work and the studies weren’t long enough for the antidepressant to take effect. So the person reported no relief. Not all those antidepressants listed work the same way for instance, Fluoxetine is and SSRI (selective seratonin reuptake inhibitor) and Effexor is a SNRI (seratonin norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor). it can take many trials to find the right medication for the right depression. Additionally, there is growing thought that many people who are diagnosed with depression actually have bi-polar II or a “soft” bi-polar disorder and are misdiagnosed with depression. Giving this population most antidepressants will likely make the problem worse.
    If all this holds true for depression, I am sure some of it will carry over to the other issues as well.
    I am not saying no meds are over used and I agree the brain is far more powerful and complex than we can even begin to understand. but it does bother me that information like this can prevent people from getting help when they need it.


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