Commentary on “Placebo as a Treatment for Depression”

  title={Commentary on “Placebo as a Treatment for Depression”},
  author={Mitchell T Shea},
Dr. Brown presents a well-reasoned argument that we have an unrecognized therapeutic treatment for depres­ sion that should be added to our treatment options: pill placebo. His case is based upon the following lines of evidence: for certain patients, the placebo response rate is indistinguishable from that of antidepressants; there is no consistent evidence that the psychotherapies offer an advantage over pill-placebo; pill placebo treatment is less expensive and requires less training and… CONTINUE READING