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Antidepressants No Better Than Placebos

Since 1998, studies have questioned the difference in effect between antidepressant drugs and placebos.

In one pioneering analysis of 38 studies conducted with over 3,000 depressed patients, placebos improved symptoms 75 percent as much as legitimate medications.  The medical community, skeptical of the analysis, asked the researchers for a more comprehensive study including all clinical trials conducted by antidepressant manufacturers -- 47 studies in total.  Over half of the studies showed no significant difference in the effects of an antidepressant and a placebo.

According to the Citizens Commission on Human Rights International:

“However, if experts and antidepressant manufacturers are aware of this, the general public certainly isn’t ... Millions of people every year feel better, simply because they believe they’ll feel better.”

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