The podcast reviewed here is the October 2009 edition of the American Journal of Psychiatry podcast which is freely available here. I’m not sure if it was the browser i’m using (e.g. the performance of browser specific plug-ins) but the narrator’s voice appeared to me to be fast paced and clipped. A study – the TADS study is discussed. This is a 36-week trial comparing placebo, fluoxetine, CBT or a combination in the treatment of depression in adolescents. The results are complex and discussed in the context of previous trials in this area. There is also a look at the interaction between cluster B traits and suicide. There was a discussion of a curious finding in emotional processing with antidepressants – the researchers in one study found that changes in emotional processing were manifest before changes in mood in response to antidepressant medication. There is also a discussion of binge drinking in middle-aged and older adults. There is a lot of material covered in this podcast, sometimes complex and I found myself listening to parts of it again to gain a better understanding of the material. I found the material to be very informative.
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