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The end of antidepressants? Studies show they're no more effective than placebo yet carry serious health risks

Posted: April 16, 2012 |   Comments

Watchers of a February broadcast of "60 Minutes" may have been stunned to learn that studies have been conducted that seem to prove that antidepressants, on the whole, are no more effective than placebo. This revelation about antidepressants - among the top-selling and top-prescribed drugs in the United States - may have been new news to some, but the studies conducted by Irving Kirsch, PhD, and colleagues, have been raising eyebrows and garnering attention since 1998. Which begs the question, have Kirsch's studies had any impact on the sales of antidepressants and/or on the prescribing patterns of doctors?

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