Electroconvulsive therapy still has a stigma, with the reputation of being a painful, disturbing procedure that wipes out memories and, if movies are to be believed, even creates zombies. Experts explain the reality—that ECT is a quiet procedure that provokes a short brain seizure, releasing huge amounts of neurotransmitters to reset the brain in what is the quickest and most dependable treatment for severe and often suicidal depression.
Dr. Sarah Lisanby, Director, Translation Research, National Institute of Mental Health and Director, NIMH Non-Invasive Neuro-Modulation Unit
Dr. Dan Maixner, Associate Professor of Psychiatry, University of Michigan
Smartphones have become ubiquitous among those in their teens and older, but there is no consensus on when children should first get a phone. Experts discuss dangers and cautions, and how parents can decide when the time is right for their kids to “get connected.”
Dr. Yalda Uhls, Assistant Professor of Psychology, UCLA and author, Media Moms and Digital Dads
Dr. Richard Freed, child and adolescent psychologist and author, Wired Child: Reclaiming Childhood in a Digital Age
Brooke Shannon, founder, Wait Until 8th
Dr. Scott Campbell, Professor of Telecommunications, University of Michigan
Synopsis: Controversy has broken out over the doctor’s traditional white lab coat and necktie. Some doctors say physicians should wear short sleeves instead because coats carry germs. Others maintain the white coat isn’t a germ colony, but rather is a source of comfort for patients. Experts discuss.
Host: Nancy Benson. Guest: Dr. Gonzalo Bearman, Professor of Medicine and hospital epidemiologist, Virginia Commonwealth University Health System; Dr. Christopher Petrilli, Chief Medical Resident, University of Michigan Health System; Peter Seelf, Team Leader, Member Experience, Boy Scouts of America
Synopsis: Scientists are learning that some people can be physically addicted to certain kinds of foods, especially highly-processed foods, and suffer withdrawl when they can’t have them. Experts explain the brain chemistry of food addiction, how it is virtually identical to the chemistry of drug addiction and alcoholism, and what it means for the nation’s fight against obesity.
Host: Reed Pence. Guests: Dr. Ashley Gearhardt, Assistant Professor of Psychology, University of Michigan; Dr. Vera Tarman, Medical Director, Renascent Addiction Treatment Center, Toronto, and author, Food Junkies: The Truth About Food Addiction