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Old 29 January 2013, 08:20 PM
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I'm really troubled by the mindset that justifies self-deception on grounds that it seems to work, if only because it seems logically inconsistent that someone in denial could adequately judge whether something was working.

I've been reading a lot lately about antidepressants and the studies that seem to indicate they only work because of the placebo effect. Of course, there's a lot of evidence on both sides and I don't want to hijack the thread with a debate over which studies are more valid. What strikes me is the philosophical debate that follows if we postulate that they only work because patients believe they work. Should we stop prescribing the drugs or at least publicize this information, at the risk of destroying the positive effects they have on people who believe in them? I can understand why some would say no, but I just can't get on board with that.
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