Rethinking Depression

Charles Barber, visiting assistant professor of psychology, visiting writer, is participating in a three-part radio documentary on Canada’s CBC Radio about treatments for depression. In Part I of the series, the panel discusses the history of depression treatments, from lobotomies and electroconvulsive therapy in the 1930s to Prozac and other antidepressant drugs. Though treatments have come a long way, the number of people with depression has soared.

Barber is the author of the book Comfortably Numb: How Psychiatry is Medicating a Nation.