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14th Pacific Rim College of Psychiatrists Scientific Meeting:

Dr John Clarkson, Director Global Mind Screen and member of the conference's scientific program committee, was invited to present at the 14th Pacific Rim College of Psychiatrists Scientific Meeting. John also had the privilege of chairing the Clinical Paper Stream presentations on day one. These activities along with the conference breaks and social engagements, afforded John the opportunity to introduce and diskuss with many colleagues, the versatility, widespread applications and applicability of Mind Screen in a variety of clinical settings. There was a very high level of interest and comments on the need and usefulness of the Mind Screen. 

The conference, attended by international delegates with prominent psychiatrists from destinations such as Korea, Singapore, Japan, China, New Zealand, Canada, USA and Europe, was an opportunity to demonstrate the value of multi-disorder assessment in clinical practice. 

Dr Clarkson's workshop (abstract below) focused on neuroscience, psychiatric evaluation and diagnosis with a demonstration of the Mind Screen in action. The topic of the workshop was well received and opened up many points of inquiry and diskussion.       

Update in Mental Health 2010: Understanding the Brain - symptom & disorder clusters in clinical practice.

The DSM models psychiatric diagnosis on the premise that, if the patient fulfills certain criteria, mainly relating to Symptom Clusters, a ‘behavioral health disorder' is confirmed. However, research shows that more often than not, "A psychiatric disorder exists in the presence of additional conditions, some of which remain undiagnosed and influence patient outcomes."

Many patients, even when correctly diagnosed with a disorder such as depression, often fail to respond to treatment as a result of undiagnosed comorbid conditions. This may result in the labeling of patients as "treatment resistant" or patients presenting to other behavioral health specialists in an effort to resolve their problems.

Could it be that the patients, unbeknown to themselves or the clinician, may have other conditions, which have failed to be recognized, let alone diagnosed? The unresponsive depressive patient is a common scenario. However, often once their undiagnosed PTSD or adult ADHD is additionally treated, their depression stabilizes.

This workshop will explore symptom and disorder clusters in clinical practice and provide insight into the importance of multi-disorder assessment. 

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