Mood Disorders Series-Disabled Legend Dick Cavett

Richard Alva “Dick” Cavett was born on 19 November, 1936. Dick is an American television talk show host known for his conversational style and in-depth discussion of issues. Dick has openly discussed his bouts with clinical depression in recent years, an illness he has had to deal with since his freshman year at Yale. Dick was the subject of a 1993 video produced by the Depression and Related Affective Disorders Association called A Patient’s Perspective. Dick underwent electroconvulsive therapy to treat his depression. In 1992, he was quoted in People: “In my case, ECT was miraculous. My wife was dubious, but when she came into my room afterward, I sat up and said, ‘Look who’s back among the living.’ It was like a magic wand.”

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