Controlling Moods and Minds: Depression and Smart Drugs

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Professor Barbara Sahakian's book Bad Moves questions the ethics of smart drugs; they help treat brain injury and illness but should they be available to the healthy? Richard Bentall is the Professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of Liverpool and author of Madness Explained and Doctoring the Mind.
Guardian columnist and author Clare Allan drew on her experiences of being a psychiatric patient in her novel Poppy Shakespeare.
The theme of this year's Free Thinking Festival is "Who's In Control?". Presenter Rana Mitter chairs this discussion looking at the neuroscience of depression, how it affects decision-making and the morality of medical treatments.

Producer: Philippa Ritchie.

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Mon 4 Nov 2013 22:00

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  • 1 Nov 2013 13:35:36

    Professor Barbara Sahakian questions the ethics of smart drugs in this panel debate with Clare Allan (author of Poppy Shakespeare which drew on her experiences of being a psychiatric patient) and Richard Bentall (Professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of Liverpool and author of ‘Madness Explained’ and ‘Doctoring the Mind’). 

  • 1 Nov 2013 14:13:26

    Download the Radio 3 Arts and Ideas podcast that features the Free Thinking sessions on the Radio 3 website.

  • 1 Nov 2013 14:13:49

    Some interesting articles on the recreational use of smart drugs.

  • 1 Nov 2013 14:10:45

    "I'm amazed you haven't tried it, you've written an entire book on it, why didn't you take one?" Clare Allan. 

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