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Re: placebo vs. antidepressant polarbear206

Posted by linkadge on September 13, 2007, at 16:51:19

In reply to Re: placebo vs. antidepressant Larry Hoover, posted by polarbear206 on September 13, 2007, at 14:20:18

>There is no disorder known to man that exhibits >a more robust placebo response in clinical >trials than does major depression. In a clinical >trial you get validation, attention, a chance to >be heard, empathy. So maybe some people do just >need more love, and that's a big reason why >they're exhibiting depression. For others, the >difficulty might be more 'mechanical', i.e. >biochemical in nature. Lumping both groups >together in a clinical trial is going to dilute >the effect of a biological intervention. It just >stands to reason.

A simpler explaination is the fact that depression is one of the few diseases where you are better when you say you are better. Most other diseases have some form of objective measurement involved.





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