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Publication type: Journal Article

Moncrieff J.
In Debate: Are Antidepressants as Effective as Claimed? No, They Are Not Effective at All
Can J Psychiatry 2007 Feb; 52:(2):96–97
http://publications.cpa-apc.org/media.php?mid=328


Abstract:

Antidepressant drugs are claimed to have specific effects on depressive symptoms. It is assumed that they do this by acting on an abnormal brain state that gives rise to depression. In contrast, I suggest that there is no evidence for this position. The effects of antidepressants seen in depression trials can easily be accounted for by nonspecific pharmacologic and psychological actions.


Notes:

Free full text at Can J Psychiatry site

Links to rest of debate:

Are Antidepressants as Effective as Claimed? Yes, But . . .
Lakshmi Ravindran, Sidney H Kennedy
http://publications.cpa-apc.org/media.php?mid=325

Rebuttal: Depression Is Not a Brain Disease
Joanna Moncrieff
http://publications.cpa-apc.org/media.php?mid=329

Response to Dr Moncrieff
Lakshmi Ravindran, Sidney H Kennedy
http://publications.cpa-apc.org/media.php?mid=326

 

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