Despite advances in diagnosis and management of depression, much remains to be learned and the stigma associated with the condition persists. While integrative medicine and holistic health approaches offer some benefits to people with depression, it is important to develop a more precise understanding of how these work in the context of socio-demographic, genetic and prescription therapies.
Through this year’s two-day virtual Integrative Medicine Network Forum, we aimed to create a greater understanding of depression through a cross-disciplinary dialogue rooted in scientific inquiry, multi-disciplinary and cross-cultural perspectives, and clinical innovation.
We began by examining the sources of depression. Are we dealing with a problem in brain chemistry and neuroscience or a disorder of mind and spirit? We examined integrative medicine (IM) approaches to depression, how IM practitioners often distinguish between curing (fixing the broken part) and healing (achieving wholeness) and strove to address both. We discussed cultural themes in defining and managing depression and looked at cutting-edge approaches to treating depression.
Watch the video recordings of the sessions below.
Vikram Patel, PhD, MBBS
Pershing Square Professor of Global Health, Department of Global Health and Social Medicine, Blavatnik Institute, Harvard Medical School.
Gregory Fricchione, MD
Director, Benson-Henry Institute for Mind-Body
Medicine Associate Chief of Psychiatry, MGH
Mind-Body Medicine Professor of Medicine, HMS
Program Overview and Speakers:
- Opening Keynote (Day 1): Vikram Patel: The Global Lived Experience of Depression
- State of Knowledge, Evidence & Treatment: Why One Perspective Alone is Not Enough
(Margarita Alegria, Greg Fricchione, Olivia Okereke, David Silbersweig)
- What Can Our Patients Teach Us?
(Shannon Scott Verngalia, Randall Paulsen, Albert Yeung, South Cove patient)
- Traditional Whole Systems Perspectives
(Marni Charnoff, Eric Jacobson, Rosa Schnyer)
- Current Complementary and Integrative Approaches
(Karen Koffler, Melinda Ring, Zev Schuman-Olivier)
Closing Remarks (Day 1)
- Opening Keynote (Day 2): Gregory Fricchione: Integrative Medicine at the Crossroads of Clinical Medicine and Public Health
- Listening to Our Patients and Communities
(Donald Levy, Ashiwni Nadkarni, Kevin Simon)
- What Can Faith Communities Teach Us? (Part 1)
Seed Talk: David Rosmarin
(Rania Awaad, Sharkira Sanchez-Collins, Sat Bir Khalsa, Chris Miller, Bhrigu Singh)
- What Can Faith Communities Teach Us? (Part 2)
(Janet Gaytso, Rania Awaad, Sharkira Sanchez-Collins, Sat Bir Khalsa, Chris Miller, Bhrigu Singh, David Rosmarin)
- New & Promising Complementary and Integrative Approaches
(Paolo Casano, Franklin King, Maren Nyer, Shan Siddiqi, Sabine Wilheim)
- Connecting to Social and Natural Ecosystems
(Annie Brewster, Matthew Lee, David Victorson)
Poster Awards, Closing Remarks
- Research Posters
- Networking Opportunities
Dates: Thursday 10 – Friday 11, November, 2022
Times: 8:30am – 4:30pm
Format: Virtual Event
Cost: Free to Attend
CME: 12.50 Credits Available for live attendance
Contact: [email protected]
- Opening, Remarks and Day 1 Keynote
Opening: Peter Wayne
Remarks: Maurizio Fava
Day 1 Keynote: Vikram Patel: The Global Lived Experience of Depression
6. Welcome and Day 2 Keynote
Opening to Day 2: Peter Wayne
Keynote: Gregory Fricchione: Integrative Medicine at the Crossroads of Clinical Medicine and Public Health