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White House Worries and Downing Street Blues: A 300 Year Review of Mental Illness in Presidents and Prime Ministers

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Thursday, April 26, 2012
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12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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Jonathan Davidson, MD, Professor Emeritus, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Duke University
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Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences Grand Rounds

Jonathan Davidson received his medical training at University College Hospital Medical School, London and his psychiatric training at the Royal Edinburgh Hospital. He joined the UNC faculty in 1972 and then moved to Duke in 1978, where he has served on the faculty ever since. Between 1982 and 1987, he held an appointment at the Durham VA Medical Center, where he established a research program in post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). He is currently Professor Emeritus in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Duke. His interests have included the study of depression, anxiety, PTSD, complementary/alternative medicine (CAM), homeopathy, spirituality, resilience and psychiatric biography, including the mental health of leaders. In 1987, he established the Anxiety and Traumatic Stress Program at Duke University. The research and training opportunities of that program encompassed clinical psychopharmacology trials, comparisons of pharmacotherapy and psychotherapy for anxiety and PTSD, neurobiology, clinical psychometrics and the development of new scales. Most recently, his research and teaching activities have addressed the extent to which pharmacotherapy can boost resilience; transcultural aspects of mass trauma; the establishment of web-based treatment algorithms for PTSD and generalized anxiety disorder (GAD); the effect of drug therapy and psychotherapy in various types of anxiety disorder.

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