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S. Nassir Ghaemi M.D., M.P.H., is Professor of Psychiatry at Tufts University School of Medicine, Director of the Mood Disorders Program at Tufts Medical Center and a Clinical Lecturer at Harvard Medical School. He is Founding Editor of the monthly newsletter, The Psychiatry Letter, and author of many books and scientific articles, including A First-Rate Madness, a New York Times Best Seller, The Rise and Fall of the Biopsychosocial Model, and A Clinician’s Guide to Statistics and Epidemiology in Mental Health. His main expertise is in depression and bipolar illness, psychopharmacology, and philosophy.
In this course, participants will learn advanced clinical approaches to diagnosing and differentiating clinical presentations of anxiety, depression, bipolar, and personality disorders. Differential diagnosis will be emphasized, and decision-making about treatment with medications and/or psychotherapies, and which specific ones, will be discussed in detail. The presentation will be very interactive, and consistently clinical and related to concrete cases. Emphasis will be placed on a little understood and used approach: the existential/humanistic methods of psychotherapy. The overall approach will be an integrated way of thinking about mental health practice that goes beyond simplicities of DSM definitions, FDA-indication based use of drugs and eclectic psychotherapies. A more integrative approach will be offered that is scientific without being reductionistic and humanistic without being vague.