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Treatment of depression: various perspectives


  • Lili Huang

Depression is one of the common mental disorders, afflicting an estimated 5% of the adults worldwide. It is characterized by persistent depressed mood, loss of interest or pleasure, recurrent thoughts of death, and physical and cognitive symptoms.
Depression consists of different forms and the current seminar will focus mostly on the major depressive disorder (MDD). It will present an overview on the prevalence, pathophysiology, clinical manifestations, diagnosis and managements of depression. Importantly, the seminar will explore different treatment options of depression. Besides the antidepressant drugs, they include cognitive behavioural therapy, lifestyle adjustment, dietary intervention, and stress management and other alternative treatments. In addition, the seminar will also discuss the potential problems when dealing with patients with depression at clinical practice and how to communicate effectively with these patients.

Working method
Besides the transfer of knowledge by means of PowerPoints as described above, we will also work interactively. Real-life cases will be discussed in the group after which the lecturer will relate her experiences with these patients. The aim is to increase participants’ understanding and insight into these patients’ way of thinking, so that communication is improved and treatment is more effective.

  • Lili HuangLili Huang graduated from Peking University Health Science Center with a Bachelor (2003) and Master degree (2005) in Clinical Medicine. She obtained her second Master degree in Cognitive Science at University of Amsterdam in 2008. Later she worked as a researcher in Donders Center for Cognition at Radboud University in Nijmegen and also assisted the teaching of the course 'brain' there.

Shenzhou student: 15%
External TCM student 5%
(Limited places available for students)
Please see the payment and registration conditions for seminars in the registration form.

  • NVA WM-B, Zhong Cat. 2A, NWP, LVNT, VBAG, TCMned
Dates & Time
10 am – 17 pm (1 hour break)
Shenzhou Open University of TCM
Geldersekade 67, 1011 EK Amsterdam
Levels of experience
  • Acupuncturist, or final year student
  • Acupucunturist, Herbalist or Tuina therapist
  • Therapist with valid MBK (WM) diploma
  • Shiatsu therapist
Number of participants
The minimum number of participants required is 20.

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