Antidepressant Superstition: How doctors & patients get fooled by antidepressants – Jonathan Shedler

https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/psychologically-minded/201502/antidepressant-superstition

Thank you to John, and Brent Potter for drawing our attention to this worthwhile article by Jonathan, originally published in Psychologically Minded. The writer does not herself use the terminology of ‘depression’ or ‘disorder’ – and the points here are important ones from any standpoint.

It has been her experience too that, once a person has ‘signed up’ to an inaccurate viewpoint, it can be extremely difficult for them to allow or accept evidence that questions or disproves it – because of the emotional investment…

“When you develop your opinions on the basis of weak evidence, you will have difficulty interpreting subsequent information that contradicts these opinions, even if this new information is obviously more accurate.”

Nassim Nicholas Taleb ― The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable

Here’s a link to the Irving Kirsch book:-

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Emperors-New-Drugs-Exploding-Antidepressant/dp/1847920837/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1423669314&sr=1-1&keywords=Kirsch+Emperor

Palace Gate Counselling Service, Exeter

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