Monday, March 03, 2008

Anti-depressant work puts Windsor prof in spotlight

From the Windsor (Ont.) Star:
Being suddenly in the spotlight, for co-authoring a report that shockingly asserts that anti-depressants don't help people much more than placebos, has admittedly been exciting for University of Windsor psychologist Alan Scoboria.

"I woke up, saw it in the newspapers and thought this is going to be interesting," the assistant psychology professor said in an interview on Saturday. "It's been a flattering first time where I've had this type of interest."

Scoboria co-authored a report with University of Connecticut professor Irving Kirsch, which shook up the mental health field last Tuesday by asserting "happy pills" swallowed by millions every day, are virtually no better than placebos at treating depression. ...more

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