The Emperor's New Drugs

The Emperor's New Drugs

Exploding the Antidepressant Myth

Book - 2010
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Do antidepressants work? Of course--everyone knows it. Like his colleagues, Irving Kirsch, a researcher and clinical psychologist, for years referred patients to psychiatrists to have their depression treated with drugs before deciding to investigate for himself just how effective the drugs actually were. Over the course of the past fifteen years, however, Kirsch's research--a thorough analysis of decades of Food and Drug Administration data--has demonstrated that what everyone knew about antidepressants was wrong. Instead of treating depression with drugs, we've been treating it with suggestion.

The Emperor's New Drugs makes an overwhelming case that what had seemed a cornerstone of psychiatric treatment is little more than a faulty consensus. But Kirsch does more than just criticize: he offers a path society can follow so that we stop popping pills and start proper treatment for depression.

Publisher: New York : Basic Books, c2010.
ISBN: 9780465020164
Branch Call Number: 615.78 Kirsch 02/2010
Characteristics: xiv, 226 p. :,ill. ;,22 cm.


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Oct 25, 2016

Great Book. His ideas, or rather the reality he has pointed out, is slowly filtering through the psych profession. About time! When I tell people about the bizarre effects\results of Placebos, they say, "Why don't Doctors just give out placebos, while telling their patients, they are really powerful drugs?" I say some Doctors do that, they are called Naturepaths.

Feb 10, 2014

Read it before you take it.


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