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A Psychodynamic Approach to Treatment-Resistant Mood Disorders

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Length: 3 hours

This program was webcast live on September 20, 2013 and is now available on-demand.

This workshop explores the emerging problem of treatment resistance and describes a psychodynamically informed treatment approach for work with patients with treatment resistant mood disorders comorbid with personality disorders. The workshop includes an overview of evidence that treatment resistance is emerging as an important phenomenon. Data is presented from multiple sources demonstrating the contributions to treatment resistance of comorbidity, especially comorbid personality disorders, and of early adversity.

Learning Objective 1
Describe emerging clinical, epidemiologic and epigenetic research suggesting the importance of psychosocial factors in the causation and treatment of mood disorders.

Learning Objective 2
Describe factors that contribute to treatment resistance in mood disorders.

Learning Objective 3
Utilize psychodynamic principles to improve outcomes in patients with treatment resistant mood disorders.

Presenter: Eric M. Plakun, MD

Dr. Plakun is a senior psychiatrist at the Austen Riggs Center, and past member of the Harvard clinical faculty. He is a Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, past chair of its Committee on Psychotherapy by Psychiatrists and a past member of the APA Assembly Executive Committee. Dr. Plakun was named the Outstanding Psychiatrist in Clinical Psychiatry by the Massachusetts Psychiatric Society in 2003. He is editor of Treatment Resistance and Patient Authority: The Austen Riggs Reader (Norton, 2011), a leader in organized psychiatry and an advocate for the value of psychotherapy and other psychosocial treatments.


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