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.
The doctor-patient relationship is critical to the placebo effect.
Antidepressants can have troubling side effects and are addictive for some people.
There seem to be many causes of depression. One cause is profound loss, grief. Economic hardship we know is linked to depression. We don’t have a full picture.
To someone who is not currently on anti-depressants, I would suggest trying other treatments first – for example, psychotherapy.
Patients who trust their doctors and have a psychological expectation of getting better could trigger a reaction in their body.
If doctors just spent more time with their patients so they felt more reassured, that might help.
Perhaps anti-depressants should be best reserved for the very extreme cases and, more importantly, for those who do not respond to alternative forms of interventions.