"[...} found that 87 percent of patients who resolved their insomnia in four biweekly talk therapy sessions also saw their depression symptoms dissolve after eight weeks of treatment, either with an antidepressant drug or a placebo pill — almost twice the rate of those who could not shake their insomnia. Those numbers are in line with a previous pilot study of insomnia treatment at Stanford."
There's a sentence in this article that suggests anti-depressants "only slightly outperform" placebo pills. Not the first time I've seen this. This is an on-going / long-running discussion / debate / battle wh/ goes back to the Kirsch et al., 2008 'findings' and beyond... the general conclusion is that it "might" be true for people with mild-ish depression...
But "Antidepressant Skepticism" is a lot more complicated than that: apparently the media have their own agendas and skew scientific findings to their own end (who knew that?); also scientists and science-pundits sometimes do the same (cue: a second wave of cynical mock astonishment...). Big Pharma has its own view, of course.
Psychiatrists, on the other hand, say: Antidepressants work... kinda. Well, they must do; they've been tested. We just need to work a bit more on our placebo skills.
"Is there anything you'd like to talk about or tell me?" *makes vague, unthreatening hand gesture*