Antidepressants and Placebo Controversies
A number of studies in recent years seemed to conclude that antidepressants were little more effective than placebos for the treatment of clinical depression. The media attention surrounding these studies created controversy among practitioners and confusion in the public. Karen L. Swartz, M.D. explains the source of the controversy, the important details in the study designs, and places the findings in context of clinical practice. This lecture was delivered at the Johns Hopkins 25th Annual Mood Disorders Research/Education Symposium on April 5, 2011. ______________________________ The Johns Hopkins Mood Disorders Center Karen L. Swartz, M.D. Faculty Profile