Blast from the Past: Understanding Ancient Mind-Body Causes of Depression to Optimize 21st Century Treatment

Wednesday, October 24
8:50 AM - 10:10 AM
Location: Tangerine WF1

Pharmacological treatments for depression can only be optimally deployed when we understand why the disorder exists in the first place. We will address this question by showing that depression evolved to help humans manage life-and-death challenges from pathogens, predators, and other humans, and that—because of this—the things that make us depressed today have much less to do with the realities of our current situation than with conditions in the stone age. However, we will see that while depression may be as old as humanity, recent changes in our physical and social environment have made it both more common and more maladaptive, and more in need of treatment than at any time in human history. This talk will show how this perspective can help clinicians optimize the pharmacological treatment of depression by implementing it within a mind-body context that leverages evolved human wellness capacities, including interactions between the brain, the immune system and our connections with organisms ranging from bacteria to other humans.

This session is part of the “New Perspectives in Advanced Psychopharmacology” preconference. Additional fees apply and pre-registration is required.

Charles L. Raison, MD

Professor
University of Wisconsin-Madison
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Madison, WI

Charles Raison, MD, is the Mary Sue and Mike Shannon Chair for Healthy Minds, Children & Families and Professor, School of Human Ecology, and Professor, Department of Psychiatry, School of Medicine and Public Health, University of Wisconsin-Madison in Madison, WI. In addition to his academic positions, Dr. Raison serves as the founding Director of the Center for Compassion Studies in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Arizona and is the Director for Clinical and Translational Research for the Usona Institute, as well as the mental health expert for CNN.com. Dr. Raison is internationally recognized for his studies examining novel mechanisms involved in the development and treatment of major depression and other stress-related emotional and physical conditions, as well as for his work examining the physical and behavioral effects of compassion training. With Vladimiar Maletic, he is author of "The New Mind-Body Science of Depression".

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