Psychiatry Grand Rounds
"Cognitive therapy in the treatment and prevention of depression"
Steven D. Hollon, Ph.D.
Professor of Psychology
NEW--Podcast Preview available on the website, www.psychiatrygrandrounds.com
Coffee will be served in the auditorium foyer beginning at 10:45 AM. As always, free continuing educational credits are available for Grand Rounds; please be sure that you have filled out the forms to receive credit for your attendance.
For information on upcoming Semel Institute Grand Rounds please visit: www.psychiatrygrandrounds.com
Research by Andrew Fuligni, a professor of psychiatry at the Semel Institute, and graduate student Virginia W. Huynh, was featured in a Oct. 14 Scripps News column about their study finding that, in ethnic teens, discrimination can affect grade-point averages and health, and is associated with depression, distress and lower self-esteem.
Dr. Ian Cook, the Miller Family Professor of Psychiatry at the Semel Institute, and Dr. Chris DeGiorgio, professor of neurology, were featured in an Oct. 12 Daily Mail (UK) and Indo-Asian News Service report on their research showing that mild electrical stimulation of a major nerve emanating from the brain helped reduce symptom severity in individuals suffering from depression.
Major depression is a common and disabling brain condition marked not only by the presence of depressed mood but also by its effects on sleep, energy, decision-making, memory and thoughts of death or of suicide. Major depression affects 15 million adults in the U.S., and the World Health Organization projects that by 2020, it will be the largest contributor to disability in the world after heart disease. While antidepressants have helped many to recover and resume their lives, only 30 percent of patients will experience full remission with the first medication they use. Patients typically move on to try a series of other antidepressants. A persistent problem with such drugs has been major side effects, including obesity, sexual dysfunction, fatigue, drowsiness and nausea.
Dr. Charles Grob, professor of psychiatry at the Semel Institute and director of child and adolescent psychiatry at Harbor-UCLA, commented Aug. 24 in CNN.com about his research exploring how hallucinogenic drugs may help people with depression, anxiety and other mental health problems. He was also quoted Aug. 21 in the Washington Post and Denver Post about increased tourism to the Peruvian jungle for ayahuasca plant rituals, which are reported to enhance mental health.
- “Can Psychedelic Drugs Treat Depression?” http://www.cnn.com/2010/HEALTH/08/24/psychedelic.drugs.depression/index....
- “Peruvian Hallucinogen Ayahuasca Draws Tourists seeking Transforming Experience” http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/08/20/AR201008...
Here you will find questions asked by the public or general articles of interest on mood disorders in children and adolescents
The Center for Culture, Trauma and Mental Health Disparities
The Center for Culture, Trauma, and Mental Health Disparities is a multi-ethnic and multi-disciplinary group promoting interdisciplinary research examining the prevalence and impact of traumatic experiences on PTSD, depression and concomitant cognitive/emotional, behavioral, psychological and biological processes in ethnic minority populations.
Dr. Jamie Feusner, assistant professor of psychiatry at the Semel Institute, was interviewed July 15 on a KTTV-Channel 11 segment about a possible link between the use of Botox and depression.