Anything that instills a sense of hope will at least temporarily help treat depression.
Depression comes back over time in about 90 percent of people on antidepressants. Studies show that relapses are far less common when people are treated with psychotherapy.
People would like better batteries but they are wary of making investments. What is required is both a technology push and a market pull.
If we’re going to get this country out of its current energy situation, we can’t just conserve our way out; we can’t just drill our way out; we can’t bomb our way out. We’re going to do it the old-fashioned American way, we’re going to invent our way out, working together.
The big bulk of the response to antidepressants is the placebo response.
In a wristwatch, imagine the battery is in the strap and there’s a medical sensor in there connected to the internet. If someone is monitoring that, they could phone up if the user has forgotten to take some medication. This could save hundreds of dollars in medical fees later. What’s missing? It’s a stable battery.
There are a variety of techniques to help people change the kind of thinking that leads them to become depressed. These techniques are called cognitive behavioral therapy.
In a battery, I strive to maximize electrical potential. When mentoring, I strive to maximize human potential.
Nocebos often cause a physical effect, but it’s not a physically produced effect. What’s the cause? In many cases, it’s an unanswered question.
There seems little reason to prescribe anti-depressant medication to any but the most severely depressed patients.