Joanna Moncrieff: Depression, Serotonin, SSRIs, Psychiatry & Social Media | #88
About the Guest: Dr. Joanna Moncrieff is a British psychiatrist and academic. She has studied and published widely on the subjects of depression and the effectiveness of antidepressants such as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs).
Episode Summary: Nick talks to Joanna Moncrieff, MD about depression. What causes it? How do SSRIs work? How well do antidepressants work? What are the risks & benefits of long-term antidepressant use? What is the evidence that depression is caused by a chemical imbalance (too little serotonin) in the brain? How is social media & technology influencing mental health?