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Re-thinking the Treatment of Depression: Have We Been Misinformed About Antidepressants?
This webinar will feature a discussion between psychologists Dr. Michael Yapko and Dr. Irving Kirsch on the role of antidepressants in managing depression. The speakers will discuss a number of topics: Dr. Kirsch will describe his landmark research on the placebo effect and its curious relationship to the presumed merits of antidepressant medications. Dr. Yapko will be discussing the limitations of drug treatment based on the substantial evidence indicating that depression could be a social problem. There will be a Q&A session to follow.

Mar 28, 2023 06:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Dr. Michael Yapko
Michael D. Yapko, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist residing near San Diego, California. He is internationally recognized for his groundbreaking work in developing experiential active treatments of depression. He has been a sharp critic of the medical model of depression and instead advocates for a social perspective, suggesting the problem is less in your biochemistry and more in your circumstances and your perspectives in how you manage them. His highly practical YouTube lecture on “How to Recover from Depression” has now been viewed nearly 5 million times. Dr. Yapko is the author of 16 books including Depression is Contagious and Breaking the Patterns of Depression. His works have been translated into 10 languages. He is also the Chief Content Advisor for the popular digital hypnotherapy mental health app called Mindset. More information about Dr. Yapko’s work is available on his website: www.yapko.com.
Dr. Irving Kirsch
Irving Kirsch is Associate Director of the Program in Placebo Studies and the Therapeutic Relationship, and a lecturer on medicine at the Harvard Medical School (Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center).  He is also Emeritus Professor of Psychology at the University of Hull (UK) and the University of Connecticut (USA).  He has published 10 books, more than 250 scientific journal articles and 40 book chapters on placebo effects, antidepressant medication, hypnosis, and suggestion.  He originated the concept of response expectancy.  Kirsch’s 2002 meta-analysis on the efficacy of antidepressants influenced official guidelines for the treatment of depression in the United Kingdom. His 2008 meta-analysis was covered extensively in the international media and listed by the British Psychological Society as one of the “10 most controversial psychology studies ever published.” His book, The Emperor’s New Drugs: Exploding the Antidepressant Myth...(see more at the MSH website).