Psychiatric Drugs

*WARNING this episode includes adult themes and conversations about mental health and drug use.*

In 2020, the UK government revealed that 17% of the adult population of Britain were prescribed medication for their mental health. But when were these drugs invented? How were they tested? And how have they become, in some cases, ‘mother’s little helper’?

From antidepressants and anti-anxiety medications to stimulants and mood stabilisers - Dr David Healy takes us on a journey through the development and use of psychiatric - or psychotropic - medication, and how this development has in turn affected our diagnoses.

David is a psychiatrist and psychopharmacologist, and is a professor of Psychiatry at McMaster University in Canada.

Produced by Charlotte Long and Sophie Gee. Mixed by Aidan Lonergan.

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