Posted by zazenducke on March 26, 2012, at 8:46:28
In reply to Re: new pdoc says there 'are no answers' » zazenducke, posted by SLS on March 26, 2012, at 7:23:07
> > Believing the placebo argument is spurious of course would enhance the chances that one would obtain a robust placebo response.
> How so?
The placebo effect depends on the person who receives the placebo not realizing it is a placebo. If you take a pill and believe the studies which show the relief afforded by this pill are caused by the placebo effect it cannot act as a placebo. If you believe there is no placebo effect and the studies show it to be effective, it is a perfect candidate for placebo effect.
> The placebo "response" rate decreases as the degree of severity of depression increases. What are your thoughts on this observation?
> - Scott
That people don't have the energy to be active participants in the placebo effect and are isolated from a culture which would support it? The first ingredient is believing and that can be enhanced by research and interactions with people who believe in it, interactions with docs, watching commercials on tv, being part of a popular culture which believes that depression is a chemical imbalance and can be cured by pills, interacting with people who would encourage any signs of positive response. People who have severe depression are more likely to have lost more because of it-jobs friends opportunities etc so any return to normal is still a confrontation with grief and loss.
What do you think?