The “Nocebo” Effect

The following is an article we posted on the Robbins’ Nest Blog last August. We often hear about the “placebo effect”; it seems timely to mention again the “nocebo effect.” A placebo is typically a fake medication used as a control in a...

The “Nocebo” Effect

A placebo is typically a fake medication used as a control in a medical trial. It can have favorable effects on the individual, sometimes alleviating pain, bloating, or a depressed mood. A nocebo effect can produce the opposite result.  If a patient anticipates...
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