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The Emperor's New Drugs

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Exploding the Antidepressant Myth
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  1. JaneGault
    Thought Provoking
    3/5, 3 out of 5, reviewed Apr 21, 2018
    Pros
    • + Readability, thought provoking
    Cons
    • - Out of date, somewhat redundant
    I read this many years ago while struggling to find the "right" antidepressant for me. Nothing seemed to work. The book made me question whether these medications were the most effective treatment for my particular situation.

    Kirsch contends antidepressant medications are no more effective than a placebo. The author's theories are backed by some scientific studies. He also provides suggestions for alternative treatments for depression.

    I am not sure I agree with the author's conclusions, but I did find the book interesting and easy to read for a novice.
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Book Details

  1. Book Type:
    Author:
    Irving Kirsch
    Publisher:
    Basic Books
    ISBN-10:
    0465022006
    ISBN-13:
    9780465022007
    Pages:
    240
    Irving Kirsch has the world doubting the efficacy of antidepressants. Based on fifteen years of research, The Emperor's New Drugs makes an overwhelming case that what the medical community considered a cornerstone of psychiatric treatment is little more than a faulty consensus. But Kirsch does more than just criticize: He offers a path society can follow to stop popping pills and start proper treatment.

    • Paperback: 240 pages
    • Publisher: Basic Books; Reprint edition (March 8, 2011)
    • Language: English
    • ISBN-10: 0465022006
    • ISBN-13: 978-0465022007
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