Episodes

First
Broadcast
Comments
20160824

BBC health reporter James Gallagher explores the increasing body of evidence that a dysfunctional immune system is responsible for the depression or psychotic illness experienced by many thousands of people in the UK. James talks to the psychiatrists investigating this new understanding of mental illness and to people who may benefit from new and old treatments aimed at their immune cells rather than their brain cells.

"I believe this is one of the strongest discoveries in psychiatry in the last twenty years", says Professor Carmine B of the his and other research on the immune system and depression. " It allows us to understand depression no longer as just a disorder of the mind and not even a disorder of the brain, but a disorder of the whole body. It shifts conceptually what we understand about depression."

Producer: Andrew Luck-Baker.

20160824

BBC health reporter James Gallagher explores the increasing body of evidence that a dysfunctional immune system is responsible for the depression or psychotic illness experienced by many thousands of people in the UK. James talks to the psychiatrists investigating this new understanding of mental illness and to people who may benefit from new and old treatments aimed at their immune cells rather than their brain cells.

"I believe this is one of the strongest discoveries in psychiatry in the last twenty years", says Professor Carmine B of the his and other research on the immune system and depression. " It allows us to understand depression no longer as just a disorder of the mind and not even a disorder of the brain, but a disorder of the whole body. It shifts conceptually what we understand about depression."

Producer: Andrew Luck-Baker.