Irving Kirsch on The Emperor's New Drugs: Exploding the Antidepressant Myth
Irving Kirsch is a professor of psychology at the University of Hull, United Kingdom, and professor emeritus at the University of Connecticut in the United States. Kirsch is noted for his research on placebo effects, antidepressants, expectancy, and hypnosis.
Kirsch’s response expectancy theory is based on the idea that what people experience depends partly on what they expect to experience.
Kirsch has argued that the widely-held theory that depression is caused by a chemical imbalance is wrong.
In The Emperor's New Drugs: "Irving Kirsch brilliantly documents a grim scandal of regulatory and clinical failures concerning antidepressants" - David Healy, author of Let Them Eat Prozac