Mood Disorders

Psychotherapy

Rethinking Our Relationship to Sadness: Therapeutic Importance of Differentiating Grief from Depression

Friday, October 26
2:45 PM - 4:00 PM
Location: W240

Despite similarities in presentation and the removal of the “bereavement exclusion” in DSM-5, not all grief should be considered depression though grief can lead to depression. Misunderstanding the distinction between grief and depression can lead to patients being treated inappropriately with medications when therapy is what is indicated. This session will provide practical tools and techniques that can be used with patients working through the process of recent and long-standing grief, both as individuals and as members of a community dealing with loss.

Andrew Penn, RN, MS, NP, APRN-BC

Associate Clinical Professor
University of California, San Francisco, School of Nursing
University of California, San Francisco, School of Nursing
Redwood City, CA

Andrew Penn, RN, MS, NP, APRN-BC, was trained as an adult nurse practitioner and psychiatric clinical nurse specialist at the University of California, San Francisco. He is board certified as an adult nurse practitioner and psychiatric nurse practitioner by the American Nurses Credentialing Center. Currently, he serves as an Associate Clinical Professor at the University of California-San Francisco School of Nursing where he teaches psychopharmacology. Mr. Penn is also a psychiatric nurse practitioner with Kaiser Permanente in Redwood City, California, where he provides medication and psychotherapeutic treatment for adult patients and specializes in the treatment of affective disorders and trauma. He is a former board member of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association, California Chapter, and has presented nationally on improving medication adherence, the science of cannabinoids in clinical practice, emerging psychedelic assisted psychotherapy modalities, treatment-resistant depression, diagnosis and treatment of bipolar disorder, and the art and science of psychopharmacologic practice.

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