A new study from the University of Hull suggests, apparently, that the new generation of anti-depressants have 'little effect'.
At least, this is how it has been reported on the BBC website. The actual findings suggest that a placebo is just as effective as certain SSRI's in cases of mild to moderate depression, which is not quite the same thing as saying that the pills don't work. In cases of severe depression, anti-depressant medication is considerably more effective than a placebo.
So, the breaking news guys is that placebos have....well, presumably a placebo effect.
The story here seems to be less about the efficacy of SSRI's, and more about lazy journalism, scientific illiteracy and our insatiable desire to sensationalise every bit of news that comes our way.
(I can't believe I just wrote a post in defence of the pharmaceutical industry. I may need to lie down for a while.)