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Friday, March 18, 2011

Placebo to treat depression?

According to some new research out of Austria, 75% of "healthy" people would be okay with receiving a placebo to treat depression. This whole topic is rife with ethical concerns, but it is interesting that 3 out of 4 people believe that they would be okay with taking a placebo to treat a very serious condition like depression. It also speaks to the power of the placebo effect and some research that calls into question the possibly overestimated efficacy of anti-depressants in treating depression.  Interesting as well, is the fact that the researchers polled "healthy individuals" about this.  These are people who have presumably never been depressed and so I would think are not in a very good position to say they would be okay with receiving a placebo to treat their depression.

Here is a link to the article:  Placebo to treat depression?



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  2. Thanks for this post, Jason.

    I also find it ridiculous that they are asking "healthy individuals" about this topic. I would like to see the results of this question if they were to ask depressed individuals. Having struggled with postpartum depression, I often found myself avoiding taking care of my newborn; therefore, I know how serious of an issue this is. I also used to learn more information about my condition and ways I can help myself.