Cognitive Therapy and The Placebo Effect
The recent CBS 60 minutes episode on “The Placebo Effect” sent shockwaves through the mental health community from cognitive therapy through psychiatry as Harvard researcher, Dr. Irving Kirsch, discussed his research on the placebo effect.
In reviewing lots of research, he concluded that, for example, while depressed people sometimes get better when put on anti-depressant medication, they also improve just about as much when they are given a “sugar pill”. That is NO active ingredients. In fact, in some studies, people got better on the sugar pill even when they were told it was a sugar pill!
Dr. Kirsch further revealed that none of the many studies that found these “lack of improved results” get published and they are “buried” by the drug companies that fund the studies.
Furthermore, the Food and Drug Administration has a policy that if even 2 of 10 studies report positive findings, the drug is often approved in spite of the 8 negative studies.
These findings support approaches like cognitive behavioral therapy, rational-emotive behavioral therapy and hypnosis which emphasize, to a large degree, the power of our mind in both causing and reducing negative emotional reactions and mood states.
The Psychiatry profession is up in arms, in part since the vast majority of their livelihood is based on prescribing medications for patients and managing them, rather than on verbal therapy. This is also true on the drug companies who spend billions of dollars touting the benefits of various drugs to treat depression and other mood states.
According to the report, in England, NO drugs are administered for mild-moderate depression until at least a 10 week trial of talk and/ or physical therapy is tried.
For more information about how approaches like Cognitive Therapy and Hypnosis works you can check on my video clips on You Tube and read additional blogs and articles on my website, www.cognitivetherapy.cc
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