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EP17 Great Debates 01 - Approaches to Depression: Biological, Psychological, Social and Spiritual - Daniel Amen, MD and Michael Yapko, PhD

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Great Debates |  Depression |  Meditation, Spirituality and Yoga |  Neuroscience |  Psychotherapy
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Evolution of Psychotherapy |  Evolution of Psychotherapy 2017
Daniel Amen, MD |  Michael Yapko, PhD
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Dec 14, 2017
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Major Depressive Disorder (MDD) is the most common mood disorder on earth and earlier this year was ranked as the number one cause of suffering and disability worldwide by the World Health Organization (WHO). Depression is a complex, multi-faceted disorder and many different theories have been formulated to describe its etiology and course. In this joint presentation, Drs. Amen and Yapko will compare and contrast their viewpoints about depression, addressing such topics as the merits of neuroimaging in depression, causes and types of depression, antidepressant medications, the role of diet and use of diet supplements in treatment, and why not all psychotherapies are equally effective in promoting recovery.

Educational Objectives:

  1. Describe the multi-dimensional nature of depression and explain why single-dimension treatments are less likely to succeed.
  2. Summarize at least three key components of effective treatment.
  3. Summarize Functional imaging findings in depression.

*Sessions may be edited for content and to preserve confidentiality*



Daniel Amen, MD's Profile

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Dr. Daniel Amen is a physician, double board certified psychiatrist and ten-time New York Times bestselling author. He is the Founder and CEO of Amen Clinics in Costa Mesa and San Francisco, California, Bellevue, Washington, Reston, Virginia, Atlanta, Georgia and New York City. Amen Clinics have the world’s largest database of functional brain scans relating to behavior, totaling nearly 100,000 scans on patients from 111 countries. Dr. Amen is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, the highest award they give members, and is the lead researcher on the world’s largest brain imaging and rehabilitation study on professional football players. His research has not only demonstrated high levels of brain damage in players, he also showed the possibility of significant recovery for many with the principles that underlie his work.

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Michael D. Yapko, Ph.D. (professional psychology, clinical specialization), is internationally recognized for his innovative work in applied clinical hypnosis, developing brief psychotherapies, and the strategic treatment of depression. He has been invited to present his work in more than 30 countries across six continents. He is the author of 15 books, including his most recent, The Discriminating Therapist. He is a recipient of numerous awards for his many contributions to the field, including the Milton H. Erickson Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award.