Depression - A new Hope?

Worldwide, researchers are pursuing a new lead that could shed light on the dark secret of depression. Many scientists have come to the conclusion that the immune system is the key to understanding and treating this illness effectively.

Worldwide, researchers are pursuing a new lead that could shed light on the dark secret of depression. They speculate that the immune system is the key to understanding the illness and to combating it effectively. Could it be that stress or poor nutrition actually triggers inflammation, which in turn plays a key role in the onset of a depressive episode?

Many scientists have come to the conclusion that the answer to this question is a very definitive yes. At least for some of those people suffering with depression who were previously considered hopeless cases and for whom traditional anti-depressants have had no effect. Ultimately, this involves millions of patients who are desperately clinging to the hope of new treatment options. Could it be possible that such patients would in the future be successfully treated with anti-inflammatory medication? And what role does stress play in the onset of depression?

The film documents how the researchers are using modern imaging techniques as well as immune system and gene analysis to study the processes taking place at the interface between the body and the brain, between physiology and psyche.