The Medicalisation of Sadness as Depression - The Transformation of Spiritual Distress into Mental Disorder

05Apr

SPSIG Conference

Timings 10:00AM - 16:30PM
Location RCPsych, 21 Prescot Street, London, UK
CPD One CPD point per hour of educational activity, subject to peer group approval
Standard Fee£130 (College Members/Non-Members)
Reduced Fee£80 (CT1-3, ST4-6, SAS, Retired Members)
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The Medicalisation of Sadness as Depression - The Transformation of Spiritual Distress into Mental Disorder

Event Information

Where is the boundary between normal sadness in response to life events and clinical depressive illness? The great religious traditions have developed many resources over generations for supporting people through episodes of low mood and depression. In modern times, antidepressant medication has become very widely used.

The speakers will consider this fascinating topic from psychiatric, sociological, theological, anthropological and cross-cultural perspectives. The college is very excited to have Professor Allan Horwitz, from Rutgers University, as the keynote speaker, a world expert in the field of the medicalisation of sadness.

The programme for this event is now available to download

Keynote speakers include:

The Medicalization of Grief: The Transformation of Spiritual Distress into Mental Disorder

Professor Allan Horwitz

The Dark Night of the Soul. Transcending the Medicalisation of Sadness

Dr Gloria Dura-Vila

21st century epidemic or moral panic? Social, psychological and spiritual dimensions of loneliness

Professor Gerard Leavey

Judaism and Depression

Professor Simon Dein

The event will take place at the Royal College of Psychiatrists, 21 Prescot Street, London E1 8BB. Take a look at a map and directions to help plan your journey.

The Citymapper website/app can help you plan your route within London, giving the best walking, cycling, bus and tube routes available. Use postcode E1 8BB as your destination.

Please note that you will need to make your own accommodation arrangements for this event. There are many hotels to suit a range of budgets a short walk or bus journey from the College. Here are the best ways to find them:

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For further information, please contact:

Email: jonathan.bennett@rcpsych.ac.uk

Contact Name: Jonathan Bennett

Contact number: 020 3701 2615

Event Location

Location: RCPsych, 21 Prescot Street, London

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