The Placebo Effect


I was listening to the radio news as I was getting ready for the day on May 7, and suddenly I laughed out loud. What was it that I found so funny? Well, the news just came out that antidepressant drugs do not perform any better than a sugar pill, or placebo, in overcoming depression. Wow, that bit of information could have saved some people a lot of money – including the insurance companies. Later that night on TV the same news was mentioned, and they discussed the case of one man who had been through some serious clinical depression, joined the clinical trial of an antidepressant drug, got totally better, and later found out he’d been on placebo. On TV he said he was delighted, and it seemed to be because he found himself more mentally powerful than he had thought – after all, he had gotten better without the medicine.

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