Journal of Contemporary Psychotherapy

, Volume 36, Issue 4, pp 183–190 | Cite as

Panacea or Placebo: The Historical Quest for Medications to Treat Depression

  • James C. Overholser
Original Paper


Background: Over the years, there have been many advances in contemporary medicine and the ability to treat depression with medications. However, some innovative practices in medical treatments appear less than ideal when viewed from a historical perspective. Aims: It is important for health care professionals to appreciate the risks and limitations of a biological approach to an emotional disorder. Conclusions: If professionals can learn from past mistakes, they can better evaluate the merits of contemporary treatments.


Depression Treatment Antidepressant 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PsychologyCase Western Reserve UniversityClevelandUSA

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