Behavioral Health Forum: Integrating the Science and the Practice for the Future University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center Houston, Texas – June 8, 2012. Stuart C. Yudofsky , M.D. D.C. and Irene Ellwood Professor and Chair; Distinguished Service Professor; and
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Behavioral Health Forum:Integrating the Science and the Practice for the FutureUniversity of Texas MD Anderson Cancer CenterHouston, Texas – June 8, 2012
Stuart C. Yudofsky, M.D.
D.C. and Irene Ellwood Professor and Chair;
Distinguished Service Professor; and
Drs. Beth K. and Stuart C. Yudofsky Presidential Chair of Neuropsychiatry
Menninger Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Baylor College of Medicine
1. We’re not urologists
2. We’re not cardiologists
1. Biological features
2. Psychological features
a. Life experience
b. Memory stores
c. Unconscious processes
d. Thinking patterns
3. Social features
a. Cultural effects
b. Family setting
d. Interpersonal relationship
e. Spiritual life
Stigma, fear, and embarrassment are universally associated with mental illness.
Many Americans with treatable psychiatric disorders refuse to seek care.
1. Half of American adults reported that they or a family member have suffered from depression.
2. Forty-three percent see depression as a “personal weakness,” with another 11% uncertain whether it is a personal weakness or a health problem.
3. Two-thirds of those suffering from depression will not seek treatment.
Due to Emotional Weakness
Caused by Bad Parenting
Victim’s Fault; Can will it Away
Has Biological Basis; Involves the Brain
d. Development of more specific interventions
2. Neuroscience Discovery
a. Major technological advances in neuroscience research will be applied to psychiatric questions such as the development of pharmacologic and electrophysiologic treatments.
b. Example-Deep Brain Stimulation for major depression and OCD.
3. Brain Imaging
a. Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
b. Regional Cerebral Blood Flow (RCBF)
c. Positron Emission Tomography (PET)
d. Single Photon Emission Computer Tomography (SPECT)