Deception as treatment: the case of depression
Compose Response

Plain text

  • No HTML tags allowed.
  • Web page addresses and e-mail addresses turn into links automatically.
  • Lines and paragraphs break automatically.
Author Information
First or given name, e.g. 'Peter'.
Your last, or family, name, e.g. 'MacMoody'.
Your email address, e.g.
Your role and/or occupation, e.g. 'Orthopedic Surgeon'.
Your organization or institution (if applicable), e.g. 'Royal Free Hospital'.
Statement of Competing Interests


  • Responses are moderated before posting and publication is at the absolute discretion of BMJ, however they are not peer-reviewed
  • Once published, you will not have the right to remove or edit your response. Removal or editing of responses is at BMJ's absolute discretion
  • If patients could recognise themselves, or anyone else could recognise a patient from your description, please obtain the patient's written consent to publication and send them to the editorial office before submitting your response [Patient consent forms]
  • By submitting this response you are agreeing to our full [Response terms and requirements]

Vertical Tabs

Other responses

Jump to comment:

  • Published on:
    Deception is not the basis of good health

    As somebody who has been lied to by doctors in the past, albeit not about psychiatric drugs, this article makes my heart sink. Two weasel phrases especially shriek out:

    'The potential problem with placebos is that they may involve deception.' The level of self deception in this statement is glaringly obvious. Placebos involve deception. Parents and carers at times allow themselves to lie to their children about medi...

    Show More
    Conflict of Interest:
    None declared.