Can heating the body relieve depression?

A 2016 study led by Dr Charles Raison found that raising the body temperature of depressed volunteers through whole-body hyperthermia treatment improved their symptoms of major depression for up to 6 weeks. In this podcast Dr Raison talks to Raj Persaud about how the treatment works, the effect it has on the brain, and how these findings could be built upon in future research.

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Date published: 06 December 2016

Presenter: Dr Raj Persaud

Interviewee: Dr Charles Raison

Audio running time: 30 minutes

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Learning outcomes

 

By the end of this podcast, we hope you will have gained an understanding of:

 

  • what whole-body hyperthermia is and how the treatment is administered

 

  • how this treatment has been used in the past

 

  • the effect the treatment is thought to have on the brain of the participant

 

  • the possibilities for future research in this area.

 

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