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CBC on depression

This is a three-part series by the CBC program Ideas, on the direction of treatment for depression. This series goes through the astonishing reality of how much money, and how many people are undergoing treatment for mild-to-moderate depression, when less than 5% of the population may benefit: 2.85 billion dollar a year costs worldwide, over 2 million Americans diagnoses with mild-to-moderate depression, and the standard treatment- anti-depressants-is becoming more and more questionable. The third part walks us through some stories of people who battled depression using other methods from anti-depressants. Homeopathy, raw food, games, meditation, and nature cure are the highlights.

Rethinking Depression, Part 3

Thursday, March 21, 2013 | Categories: Episodes |

Photograph by Mary O'ConnellPhotograph by Mary O’Connell


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.
Rethinking Depression, Part 1 – broadcast March 7

Rethinking Depression, Part 2 – broadcast March 14


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