Andrew (perspectivism) wrote,

the placebo effect

"What this study shows, for the first time, is that people who get better on placebo have a change in brain function, just as surely as people who get better on medication."

The study also suggests that treating depression has two important parts -- the medications, and the very act of seeking treatment, Leuchter said.

"What our study suggests is that medications are effective in relieving symptoms and placebo can be effective for some patients in acute relief of symptoms but that they are working through different and perhaps complementary mechanisms," Leuchter said in a telephone interview.

"The placebo effect is something that is very physically distinct."
(Reuters news, noticed by Khava)
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