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Placebos Work Nearly as Well as Antidepressants

Head Aches: How Well Do Antidepressants Actually Work?

"Expensive Tic Tacs." "A triumph of marketing over science." This is what a new Newsweek article is saying about the antidepressants that over 27 million Americans take each day.

While there's plenty of evidence to show antidepressants do work, scientists and psychiatrists rarely explain another conclusion nearly every study reaches: placebos (aka fake pills) work about 75 percent as well. It presents a moral quandary to scientists and medical professionals: How do we know when it really works and when it's just the placebo effect? And if a person feels better, does it matter?

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