February 26th, 2008

Antidepressants vs. Placebos

Someone just did a study of antidepressants claiming that "placebos work just as well, except in severe cases".

Of course, we could have reframed that claim: "placebos useless in severe cases."  Shows you there are limits to the power of deceit and suggestion.

I also wonder if the placebos and meds actually work on the exact same people.  Did they try to sort by suggestibility?

And how sure are we, anyway, that moderate "depression" and severe "depression" are really the same thing?  One is feeling blue, and the other is staying in bed all day consumed by hopelessness.

Anyway, if you're feeling depressed,
Ask your doctor to suggest
A sugar pill to cheer your brain.

They're cheaper than Prozac, so don't complain.

Deadline Pressure Blues

Maxim magazine recently published a negative review of the new Black Crowes CD.

There was a problem.  The CD was so new that advance copies had not yet been sent out when the review was written.
The Crowes' manager, Pete Angelus, said the magazine explained that its review was an "educated guess."
That's a valuable skill.

They had the deadline pressure blues
And sadly they got busted.
Now their guesstimate reviews
Will nevermore be trusted.