Saturday, June 27, 2015

Are antidepressants ineffective?

This question became quite controversial a few years ago when several authors made the assertion that these medications didn't work any better than placebo. This of course became a lightning rod for critics of pharmacological treatments. A few years later, I came across a very nice summary of the issue in a blog called Science-based Medicine. In retrospect, the answer seems to be the one that has now become widely accepted: that the medications do work, but not as well as might have been believed in the past. A nice thing about this contribution is that is is brief and easy to read, in distinction to some of the polemics that have appeared on this topic.

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