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From the New York Times: In treatment of depression, competence matters most

August 18, 2014

Dr. Joseph Flaherty, dean and chancellor of RUSM, and a psychiatrist, drew our attention to this recent article by his colleague Kay Redfield Jamison, professor of psychiatry at John Hopkins School of Medicine.

The essay, entitled "To Know Suicide," appeared in the New York Times print edition on August 16, 2014, and focuses on treatment of depression. Jamison writes:

"Many different professionals treat depression, including family practitioners, internists and gynecologists, as well as psychiatrists, psychologists, nurses and social workers. This results in wildly different levels of competence. Many who treat depression are not well trained in the distinction among types of depression. There is no common standard for education about diagnosis."

Empathy, she writes, is important to treating depression, but "competence is essential."

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