The placebo effect and depression

Dr. Irving Kirsch says exercise works for many, many depressed people and seems to have lasting effect.

Dr. Irving Kirsch is associate director of the program in placebo studies at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Harvard Medical School. His book, ‘‘The Emperor’s New Drugs,’’ about the placebo effect and depression, was recently released in paperback.

The Boston Globe recently interviewed Kirsch about his research which he says shows antidepressants are ineffective.

Find out what he thinks works better and why and the stats that back it up:


About UWF Center on Aging

The Center on Aging at the University of West Florida was established in the Fall of 2010 when the School of Psychological and Behavioral Sciences faculty along with assistance from Sponsored Research submitted a grant to the State University System Board of Governors in support of aging initiatives for Northwest Florida. Its mission is to improve the quality of life of aging adults through the application of science to address challenges associated with aging and to promote healthy aging, with an emphasis on prevention. This will be accomplished through inter-disciplinary and inter-professional efforts of basic and applied research, consultation, and partnerships with community agencies. Education and training, direct services to the aging population, and public awareness and understanding of the contributions and needs of elders will be primary objectives.
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