ScienceMag live chat on mental illness in a few hours!

Today’s ScieneMag live chat will be over mental illness.

Psychiatric disorders such as depression and schizophrenia are an enormous cause of disability throughout the world. Yet most current medications are no better than drugs discovered more than half a century ago, and some pharmaceutical companies seem to be giving up. Why has progress in this area been so difficult? Are there any encouraging treatments on the horizon? What new approaches and technologies have the potential to break psychiatric medicine out of this rut?

Join us for a live chat at a special time this week, 3 p.m. EDT on Wednesday, 10 October, on this page. You can leave your questions in the comment box below before the chat starts. The full text of the chat will be archived on this page.

That’s today, in just under three hours.  I won’t be able to watch, which really bugs me.  If anybody wants to take notes and draw up a guest post for people like me who couldn’t be there, I’d sure appreciate it.


MENTAL ILLNESS: Time to go be a lab rat.
MENTAL ILLNESS: Today's session.
MENTAL ILLNESS: I see affection as a competition.
MENTAL ILLNESS: Today's session.
About JT Eberhard

When not defending the planet from inevitable apocalypse at the rotting hands of the undead, JT is a writer and public speaker about atheism, gay rights, and more. He spent two and a half years with the Secular Student Alliance as their first high school organizer. During that time he built the SSA’s high school program and oversaw the development of groups nationwide. JT is also the co-founder of the popular Skepticon conference and served as the events lead organizer during its first three years.

  • invivoMark

    I really want to watch this. I’ve got a small bit of background on the topic. If I do, I’d be happy to write something up afterward, but no promises yet.

  • Laura Moore

    I’m currently watching & taking notes. I work tonight, but I can probably email you something by the end of tomorrow.

  • invivoMark

    I watched it, and I have some thoughts. I may contact you if I decide to write them up, though I don’t have a lot of time and so it may be a while. But for now, the transcript is up on the website (same link as you’ve posted), so nobody has really missed anything other than the opportunity to ask questions.