Live Webinar - Therapeutic Conundrums - Mood Disorders and Personality

21 June 2013

The Discipline of Psychiatry at Westmead Clinical School invites you to a live webinar by guest speaker Professor Roger Mulder from the Department of Psychological Medicine, University of Otago, New Zealand.

Most of the evidence relating personality and mood disorders is around depression. This presentation will discuss the relationship between personality traits and depression including the problems of measuring which is which. There appear to be shared genetic factors linking neuroticism and depression as well as possible 'scaling' effects on personality from having early onset and chronic depression. It will go on to look at the negative impact personality pathology has on the outcome of depression particularly over the longer term. The presentation will then look for evidence on whether depressed individuals with co-existing personality pathology may benefit from different or additional treatment strategies when managing their depression. While studies are few there is, perhaps surprisingly, some evidence that pharmacotherapy may be more effective than psychotherapy in these patients. It also appears that if psychotherapy is to be offered it should be of a more st ructured type. The talk will discuss whether treatment for depression may also effect personality measures, whether or not the mood improves. Finally it will touch on the possibility of treating personality traits such as neuroticism with antidepressants and the potential risks and benefits of doing this.

Registration is free. Click here to secure your spot. Instructions on how to join the webinar will be sent to you by email upon registration.

Time: 11.00am - 11.30am

Location: Online

Cost: Free, with registration required

Contact: Richard He, Program Manager

Phone: +61 2 9845 7798

Email: 2706111e04362860472f73371f140c532f560e5d13691441

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