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Irving Kirsch has the world doubting the efficacy of antidepressants. Based on fifteen years of research, The Emperor's New Drugs makes an overwhelming case that what the medical community considered 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 to stop popping pills and start proper treatment.

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Clinical psychologist Kirsch (U. of Hull, UK, and U. of Connecticut) draws on his research to relate how most improvements shown by depressed patients are due to the placebo effect, not antidepressants. He describes how he and one of his postgraduate students investigated the placebo effect in depression, which transformed his views about antidepressants, concluding that they don't work. He details how many patients improved when given a placebo and how clinical trials that failed to show a benefit from taking antidepressants were withheld from publication. He also addresses the chemical-imbalance theory and lack of scientific evidence to support it, and alternatives to medication and the evidence for their effectiveness, to help patients and clinicians become better informed when making treatment choices. Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (


A devastating argument that most antidepressants are little better than souped-up sugar pills, with far-reaching implications for how psychiatry treats depression

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Irving Kirsch, Ph.D., a native of New York City, is a professor of psychology at the University of Hull, United Kingdom, as well as professor emeritus at the University of Connecticut. He lives in Hull, England.

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chelsea.celina, July 28, 2011 (view all comments by chelsea.celina)
More and more evidence is surfacing that not only do anti-depressants stop working, but they can create permanent psychological effects on the brain. We need to stop relying on a quick fix and start getting people back into therapy.
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Health and Medicine-Pharmacology
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