I am attending the American Psychiatric Association's 2013 annual meeting in San Francicso, CA, and writing something about it each day. In this installment, how a unique DNA region responds to stress, keeping you young (or aging you too fast). Also: the street drug ketamine as a treatment for depression.
For the next few days, I'll be blogging what I see and learn at the 2013 American Psychiatric Association's annual meeting. In this installment, an expert's advice on lessening your risk of developing Alzheimer's disease, and a conversation about changes to the diagnostic criteria for depression in DSM-5.
In the conversation about depression, the word "stigma" comes up again and again. The more that people can understand mental disorder as a biological phenomenon, the argument goes, the less people with depression they will suffer from stigma. The problem is that this reasoning may be completely wrong.