Snippet from the article:
When it comes to taking medicine, you may get what you expect.
A new study has found that your expectations can affect how well pain medications work. Being optimistic may boost their effectiveness in blocking pain, while being pessimistic may lower their effectiveness.
Unlike earlier research, the new study used brain imaging techniques to examine brain regions that are known to be associated with pain. Scientists say that until now, little research has been done to clarify the brain mechanisms that control how different expectations affect drugs.
Read the full story — Positive Thinking May Make Drugs Work Better
This is a very interesting article. Pessimism may lower effectiveness, wishful thinking may make the drug work. We’ve talked about this before on the blog, and this is something many of my colleagues have expressed. When physicians prescribe a medication to patients who are obsessed or too worried about side effects, they usually seem to get the side effects. It’s almost a self-fulfilling prophecy.