The Story of Antidepressants and Bad Journalism

Setting the Narrative Nearly a decade ago, a researcher by the name of Irving Kirsch conducted one of the most extensive studies on antidepressants. He compiled the published clinical trial data on antidepressants, and to make sure that he wasn’t analyzing data that only supported antidepressant effectiveness, he also invoked the Freedom of Information Act and dug up all the unpublished pharmaceutical data. Before starting this ambitious project, Kirsch, a medical researcher at Harvard, was the man who spearheaded most of the research behind the placebo effect. Read More