Depression and the placebo effect

Depression and the placebo effectDepression and the placebo effect

If you’ve never heard of Kelly Brogan, MD, I have a great introduction for you!  Kelly Brogan is a holistic women’s health psychiatrist. She recently wrote a great post on depression and the placebo effect which I want to share with you.

As someone who lived with depression for decades, in fact, for most of my adult life, I can tell you her work and her writing are though provoking and cutting edge.  She is not a main stream lover of the prescription pad and has wonderful research and ideas to share with those of us who have lived the struggle.

In a recent post about depression and the placebo effect, Dr. Brogan writes:

Do you know someone who suffered from debilitating depression or anxiety, and their life seemingly turned around after they were prescribed antidepressants? I can’t even count the number of times that someone has told me, either in person or as an online comment, a version of this story. But was it the chemical activity of the antidepressant that lifted their mood, or was it their belief that their disorder was being effectively treated? Could the placebo effect – the process whereby your beliefs influence your health outcomes – be at play?… Perhaps the knowledge that they were receiving an SSRI kicked off a cascade of thoughts about getting better.

I loved this question because as someone who had been on and off anti-depressants over the years, they “leveled me off”.  I knew the improvement would not be immediate, and I counted the days to the two week mark when I expected them to kick in.  Honestly though, I never felt the happiness while taking them I expected to feel.  This was a huge disappointment for me, and it wasn’t until I changed my eating habits that I truly kicked my depression.

This article is a great read, and I encourage you to take a look:

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Cheryl A Major, CNWC







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