Will antidepressant medications ever require informed consent?

That question is at the heart of the new documentary, "Medicating Normal."

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  • The directors of the new documentary, "Medicating Normal," want psychiatrists to require informed consent when writing prescriptions.
  • Long-term effects of antidepressant usage do not have to be documented for FDA approval.
  • Big Think talks to producer/director Wendy Ratcliffe and film subject, Angela Peacock.
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Depression gland "the size of a 1¢ coin" grows depending on severity of depression

Researchers at the Max Planck Institute have pinpointed a neurological trend in those genetically predisposed with depression.

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  • The left hypothalamus is enlarged in those genetically predisposed to suffer from depression.
  • The worse the form of depression is, the larger the hypothalamus.
  • While no cure for this enlargement is yet known, researchers now know where to focus their efforts.
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Is Cough Medicine Helpful? Probably Not, Says the American Chemical Society

Researchers at the American Chemical Society examine whether or not cough medicine has scientific merit. 

Americans spend around $4 billion each year on cough medicine. Researchers at the American Chemical Society showcase how we may be wasting our money.

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