Posted by linkadge on July 18, 2006, at 20:36:54
In reply to Re: couldn't have said it better myself, posted by linkadge on July 18, 2006, at 20:32:10
This summer the result of a study by two psychologists was released in the American Psychological Association's e-journal. This study obtained and reviewed 47 research test studies submitted to the FDA for approval of the most recent antidepressants (Prozac, Paxil, Zoloft, etc). The psychologists found that in judging the effect of a treatment, in terms of how well it does over and above a placebo (sugar pill), the effects of the antidepressants were deemed "clinically negligible".
A second study done by a Seattle psychiatrist, reviewed 96 clinical trials and discovered that in 76% of the cases reviewed the response to antidepressant drugs were duplicated by the placebo. In other words 76% of the time the sugar pill created the same "benefits" that the drug did.