The Emperor's New Drugs by Irving Kirsch, Ph.D.

Another nail in the coffin of anti-depressants, however, don't expect people to believe the evidence, because they don't want to believe it.

Book Description

Do antidepressants work? Of course they do - and everyone knows it. Like his colleagues, Irving Kirsch, a researcher and clinical psychologist, for years referred patients to psychiatrists to have their depression treated with drugs. Eventually, however, Kirsch decided to investigate for himself just how effective the drugs actually were. Surprisingly, over the course of the past fifteen years, Kirsch's research - including a thorough analysis of decades of Food and Drug Administration data - has demonstrated that what everyone knew about antidepressants was wrong. Instead of treating depression with drugs, we've been treating it with suggestions. The drugs themselves were just placebos, the psychiatric equivalent of sugar pills.

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