From the House of Commons to the Daily Mail, but with the same message: antidepressants save lives

Antidepressants are always in the news, but the messages coming across are often contradictory. In most countries the use of antidepressants has increased since the year 2000 (although so has the use of anti-hypertension and anti-diabetes medications), yet worldwide less than a fourth of people with depression receive adequate treatment. Some patients are coming forward […]

The Effects of Stress on the Brain (and Why There Was No Lion) at Latitude Festival

An Indian lion in the Sasan-Gir National Park in Gujarat. Photo by Carmine Pariante

People always want to know about stress and how it affects their life. There were ample opportunities this week at the Latitude Festival, where Salon London together with the Wellcome Trust organised two events during which I was asked to talk about the effects of stress on the brain. As usual, people had a surprisingly good level of knowledge on these topics, and were prepared to resonate emotionally with the research findings and to bring their own personal experiences into the open through insightful questions. It was great fun and very rewarding.