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EP20 Great Conversations 06 - We've Had Antidepressants for Over 30 Years Now: So, How's That Working Out for Us? - Michael Yapko, PhD and Erving Polster, PhD

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Depression |  Great Conversations |  Psychopharmacology |  Psychotherapy
EP20 Highlights
Evolution of Psychotherapy |  Evolution of Psychotherapy 2020
Michael Yapko, PhD |  Erving Polster, PhD
Course Levels:
Master Degree or Higher in Health-Related Field
1 hour
Audio and Video
Original Program Date:
Dec 11, 2020
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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. Polster and Yapko will compare and contrast their viewpoints about depression, the liberal use antidepressant medications, and why good psychotherapy is more important than ever.

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. Evaluate conflicting data about the efficacy of antidepressants in treating depression

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



Michael Yapko, PhD's Profile

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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.

Erving Polster, PhD's Profile

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Erving Polster, Ph.D in clinical psychology, is the Director of The Gestalt Institute of San Diego, and the author of several important books, including Gestalt Therapy Integrated, Every Person's Life is Worth a Novel, and From the Radical Center: The Heart of Gestalt Therapy, as well as dozens of articles and chapters. Erving has authored 6 books. In his current writings, he offers perspectives and designs for a communal application of psychotherapy principles. He also describes and celebrates a powerful contemporary momentum for people-at-large to join together in the search for personal and social enlightenment.