Monday, August 19RETHINKING DEPRESSION
, Part 1
Depression. It has been called "the mean reds", "the blue devils", "the black dog". Through history, treatments for depression have varied wildly. In the Middle Ages, depressives were caged in asylums. In Victorian England, wealthier patients were sent to seaside resorts for a change of air. In 1938, electroshock therapy was used. No wonder then, when the age of the antidepressant arrived, it was considered a triumph for psychiatry. Prozac came onto the market in 1987, followed quickly by many similar drugs. And since then, the number of people afflicted with depression has soared. However, in recent years, the antidepressant has come under siege. It is ineffective, even dangerous, some psychiatrists and patients now say, claiming it is not the panacea we thought it would be. In this three-part program, Mary O'Connell
explores the short and troubling history of the antidepressant.
Tuesday, August 20RETHINKING DEPRESSION
, Part 2
Over the years, the descriptions have varied: "melancholia", "the Black Dog", "down in the dumps". The term most used today is "depression". The World Health Organization says depression is set to become second only to heart disease as the world's leading disability by the year 2020. An alarming conclusion when you consider the history. One hundred years ago depression was thought to be extremely rare, with 1% of the population suffering. Today it's often called the common cold of mental illness. But just how effective are antidepressants in treating depression?
Wednesday, August 21RETHINKING DEPRESSION
, Part 3
The World Health Organization says depression is set to become second only to heart disease as the world's leading disability by the year 2020. More recent research over the past decade tells us that antidepressants do not work very well, if at all, for mild or moderate depression. And in severe depression, antidepressants only work in a small number of cases. So how can those who suffer from depression receive effective treatment and even possibly recover? In the third hour of Rethinking Depression
, IDEAS producer Mary O'Connell
brings us the stories of the depressed who are on the path to wellness and the methods that can be used to get them there.
Thursday, August 22TINCTOR'S FOUL MANUAL
Our ideas about witches and witch hunts may come from an extraordinary manuscript found in the University of Alberta Library. It's one of only four known copies. Written in the 1400s and now being re-translated from medieval French, it created the framework for witch hunts. Dave Redel
carefully opens its cover.
Friday, August 23BRAIN BANG THEORYDr. Charles Tator
grew up loving hockey. Now, as an eminent neurosurgeon, scientist and researcher, he must face the patients and the families of those who suffer from concussions, spinal cord injury and disability. He's learned a lot about traumatic sports injuries and he sits down with IDEAS host Paul Kennedy
to tell Canadians what they might not want to hear.
Ideas in the Afternoon - Monday, August 19MY BROTHER'S - AND MY SISTER'S KEEPER, Part 1
Anything you can do to make someone's life better, you must do. Right?
But how much do you owe to other people, and who should you help: your
family, your neighbours, strangers in far-away-countries? In this
two-part series, philosophers Michael Blake
, Simone Chambers
and Arthur Ripstein
along with IDEAS producer Sara Wolch
, consider the limits and the
extent of our obligations to others, as individuals and as a society.