The inflamed mind: a radical new approach to depression

 

It is thought that depression will be the single biggest cause of disability worldwide in the next 20 years; however, treatment for depression has not changed much in the last three decades. In his game-changing book, ‘The Inflamed Mind: A radical new approach to depression’, Professor Edward Bullmore reveals the breakthrough links found between depression and inflammation of the body and brain, representing a whole new way of looking at how mind, brain and body all work together. Here he discusses this fascinating book with Dr Raj Persaud and outlines a future revolution in the treatment of depression.


 

Date published: 1 March 2019

Presenter: Dr Raj Persaud

Interviewee: Professor Edward Bullmore

Audio running time: 46 minutes

Credits: 0.5

 

Learning outcomes

 

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

 

  • the development of antidepressant medication and our understanding of how it works

 

  • the link between depression and inflammation

 

  • how and why mental disorders can have their root cause in the immune system

 

  • how treatments could be specifically targeted to break the vicious cycle of stress, inflammation and depression.

 

 

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