Originally published on October 23, 2014 9:58 am
Psychology Professor Jonathan Rottenberg wants to change the way people think about depression, a condition the World Health Organization
estimates affects 350 million people around the world.
The University of South Florida professor uses mood science research to challenge the current model of depression -- that it is a chemical imbalance. This approach doesn't explain why antidepressants don't work any more effectively than when they were first introduced, he said.
In this interview, Rottenberg tells WUSF's Yoselis Ramos how his life of research was inspired by his own personal struggle with depression.
Rottenberg also explains why depression affects younger people the most.
And he reflects on how the media addressed depression in the wake of actor Robin Williams' death.