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Treating Depression: Is there a placebo effect?

Posted by Netch on March 12, 2012, at 11:53:16

A Harvard scientist says the drugs used to treat depression are effective, but for many, it's not the active ingredient that's making people feel better. It's the placebo effect.

Does a chemical imbalance cause depression?

For decades, doctors have linked depression to a chemical imbalance in the brain, but psychiatrist Dr. Walter Brown says this theory needs to be reexamined.

Why antidepressants are widely prescribed?

"I think the problem in psychiatry is...we don't have a lot of tools" to treat depression, says Dr. Walter Brown, and therefore antidepressants become a default treatment.




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