MENTAL HEALTH AND
MEDICALIZATION
Finnish Psychological Assocation
September 1, 2014
Dear colleagues and friends,
• On behalf of the Finnish Psychological Association I welcome you all
• The title of the event is "MENTAL HEALTH AND MEDICALIZATION"
As a starting point I want to underline that:
• Psychologists are experts on psychological well-being, psychological
treatment and mental health
• Psychiatrists and medical researchers are experts on medical treatment
and mental health
• That is why it is necessary and fruitful that the two professions work
together and cooperate
• This event was planned in April - before the TV-program MOT in May,
which created a lot of controversy
The four goals of this event are:
1) To share information about the international scientific research on the
treatment of mental health problems
2) To discuss how we can promote the best practice for mental health
problems - especially depression
• 3) To contribute to the development of the Finnish Current Care
Guidelines on Depression (Käypä hoito -suositukset) which are
currently in the process of being updated
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Current Care Guidelines: http://www.kaypahoito.fi/web/english/kaypa-hoito
Depression: http://www.kaypahoito.fi/web/kh/suositukset/suositus?id=hoi50023
4) To facilitate fair and free scientific and professional discussion on these
important matters
We have three main presentations:
• Peter C. Gøtzsche, professor of clinical research, director of the
Nordic Cochrane Center, Copenhagen
• Jaakko Seikkula, professor of psychotherapy, University of Jyväskylä
• Erkki Isometsä, professor of psychiatry, University of Helsinki
The three professors are top researchers and authorities of mental
health treatment.
After the presentations we will have time
for questions and comments
• We hope that we will learn from each other and understand each
other.
• We have definitely a common goal: it is to help people with mental
health problems.
Tuomo Tikkanen, President
Finnish Psychological Association
MENTAL HEALTH AND MEDICALIZATION
12.00
Opening, Tuomo Tikkanen, President, Finnish Psychological Association
12.15
Overdiagnosis and overtreatment in psychiatry
- professor Peter C. Gøtzsche, Director of The Nordic Cochrane Centre
- Questions and comments
13.30
Open dialogue approach in acute psychosis: Returning to employment with
less medication and hospitalization
- professor Jaakko Seikkula, University of Jyväskylä
- Questions and comments
14.00
Coffee break
14.30
Treatment of depression – why and how?
- professor Erkki Isometsä, University of Helsinki
- Questions and comments
15.00
16.00
Discussion and conclusions
Closing
Peter C. Gøtzsche
• Professor Peter C. Gøtzsche graduated as a Master of Science in biology and
chemistry in 1974 and as a physician in 1984. He is a specialist in internal
medicine.
• He worked with clinical trials and regulatory affairs in the drug industry 1975–83,
and at hospitals in Copenhagen 1984–95.
• He co- founded The Cochrane Collaboration in 1993 and established The Nordic
Cochrane Centre the same year.
• He became professor of Clinical Research Design and Analysis in 2010 at the
University of Copenhagen.
• He has published more than 70 papers in ‘the big five’ (BMJ, Lancet, JAMA,
Annals of Internal Medicine and New England Journal of Medicine) and his
scientific works have been cited over 15.000 times.
• He is author of the books Deadly medicines and organised crime, Mammography
Screening: truth, lies and controversy, and Rational Diagnosis and Treatment.
The four goals of this event:
1) To share information about the international scientific research on the treatment
of mental health problems
2) To discuss how we can promote the best practice for mental health problems
- especially depression
3) To contribute to the development of the Finnish Current Care Guidelines on
Depression (Käypä hoito -suositukset) which are currently in the process of
being updated
4) To facilitate fair and free scientific and professional discussion on these
important matters
=> We hope that we learn from each other and understand each other.
=> We have definitely a common goal: to help people with mental health problems
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