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Re: News - Antidepressants Vindicated? linkadge

Posted by fuzz54 on September 14, 2007, at 12:17:46

In reply to Re: News - Antidepressants Vindicated?, posted by linkadge on September 9, 2007, at 12:21:58

> >Anti-depressants work for many depressed people. >Thus anti-depressants reduce the risk of suicide.
> Placebos work for many people too.
> Linkadge

I was told by my therapist (who is now a doctor doing psych research) that the placebo effect can be very real in the short-term but loses its effectiveness over the long-term. Anyone ever see any studies on this?

As for SSRIs being compared to placebos in effectiveness, I've been on some SSRIs that did nothing for me and some that helped quite a bit. I didn't have any special knowledge that made me expect some SSRIs to work and some to not work. For my specific case this leads me to conclude that SSRIs work better than placebo, however I am willing to concede that there are many factors at work in determining if someone will respond to an SSRI better than placebo. Maybe I'm just lucky.





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