The Emperor's New Drugs: Exploding the Antidepressant Myth

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ReadHowYouWant.com, Oct 19, 2010 - Antidepressants - 356 pages
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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, Kirschs 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, weve been treating it with suggestion. The Emperors 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.
 

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Contents

Listening to Prozac but Hearing Placebo
1
The Dirty Little Secret
23
Countering the Critics
68
The Myth of the Chemical Imbalance
107
The Placebo Effect and the Power of Belief
137
How Placebos Work
181
Beyond Antidepressants
207
Epilogue
247
Bibliography
271
Front Cover Flap
314
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Kirsch is a Professor of Psychology at the University of Connecticut.

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