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Everything You’ve Always Wanted to Know About Inflammation, Stress and Depression

The realization that inflammation contributes to most modern illnesses has been called one of the most important medical discoveries of the last century. Inflammation contributes to heart disease, stroke, diabetes and dementia. We now know that inflammation also plays a central role, not just in physical illness, but also in psychiatric disorders. Increased inflammation has been repeatedly observed in individuals with depression, manic-depression, schizophrenia and most other mental disorders. If you’ve ever wondered what this all means, in this podcast Dr. Andrew H. Miller joins host Charles Raison to talk about what inflammation is and how its association with mental illness was discovered. Dr. Miller, who is the William P. Timmie Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Emory University, has been a world leader in unraveling how inflammation produces depression and how addressing inflammation might help identify new treatments for this disabling condition. Join us on this podcast to hear the history of this psychiatric and medical revolution from someone who made much of it happen.

This episode is Part 1 in a two-part series.

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