Rosie: You know antidepressants can have serious, debilitating side effects.
Rowan: Yeah, that’s why I held out for one that didn’t.
Rosie: And the benefits could be a placebo!
Rowan: They only kicked in on the third try! That’s not how the placebo effect works!
Rosie: If you want help breaking the habit, don’t be afraid to ask.
Rowan: Oh, for the love of — I’m not “afraid”! Asking for help is how I got on a successful course of treatment in the first place!
Rosie: You know, this unusual level of agitation could be a side effect!
Rowan: Have you met me??
Okay, I know I’m usually a peaceful calm sort, but am I allowed to want to smack her for being an idiot?
She’d probably think that was a side effect of something you were taking.
“‘unusual level of agitation’? have you SEEN what my back looks like, sis?”
It does seem unusually low.
Maybe my ‘unusual level of agitation’ is coming from you trying to ‘help’ when it’s not the problem I need helping with at the moment!
…the placebo effect totally can work that way.
And the fun part is it keeps working even if you come to know it’s a placebo, so long as you keep taking it.
Rosie, Rosie… Surely you realize that a placebo effect is better than no effect. Judging from your choices in self-applied medicine, you must be an expert in such things.
I got lucky when i was on one the worst side effect was photosensativity wich i already had and it only made it a little worse