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July 2010
Swedish Psychiatric Association - Annual Congress

Swedish actress Gunilla RöörFor the third consecutive year, the Swedish Psychiatric Association held its annual congress. Approximately 500 of the 1700 members attended.  
 
The Southern Theatre in Stockholm hosted the congress.  

On the first day, the National Board introduced the “National Guidelines for Anxiety and Depression.” Other topics covered were bipolar disorder, psychotic disorders, and compulsory psychiatric treatment.

One section introduced the "Current Swedish Psychiatric Research"; eight young Swedish scientists presented results and new projects.
 
Another section was the "Need for change - by whom and how?" which dealt with awareness, risks and stigma of schizophrenia, and bipolar disorder.

Participants also had the opportunity to "Meet the Expert". Consumers Associations held programs each day. Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Forensic Psychiatry were also represented.

Lise-Lotte Risö Bergerlind, President of the Swedish Psychiatric Association, opened the congress and reported results for 2009 and plans for 2010.

The first day ended with a mingle and a theatre presentation, "Rickard the III - villain or victim?” The Swedish actress Gunilla Röör, together with individuals from the board and members gave us a fascinating experience.

The second day members listened to lectures regarding Neuro-medicine Symposium, Consultation Psychiatry, Elderly Psychiatry, and Addiction.

The annual meeting was held in the evening which included awarding the Swedish Psychiatric Association’s Cultural Prize to Ingrid Carlberg. Prof. Jan Beskow was appointed an honorary member of the society.

Dinner was held at Berns Salonger. Entertainment consisted of operatic vocals and a presentation by the former presidents of the association.

The last day consisted of "Risk Assessments in Psychiatry and Forensic Psychiatry" and presented current research on memory in relationship to ECT.

Many members were positive about the Congress. They were satisfied with the scientific programs, cultural elements and the social contact with others in the profession.

The Swedish Psychiatric Congress appears to be a winning formula. In 2011, the congress will take place in Gothenburg.

Stina Djurberg
Swedish Psychiatric Association

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