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Psychiatric Congress Focus on Depressive Disorders Continues Through the Weekend

More than 2,000 mental health professionals attending four-day event

SAN DIEGO, Oct. 31 /PRNewswire/ -- Continuing its focus on depression and related mental health issues, the 2008 U.S. Psychiatric and Mental Health Congress will devote two of its major sessions today to major depressive disorder and insomnia-related depression.

The 21st annual Congress is being held at the San Diego Convention Center through Sunday. More than 2,000 mental health professionals attended yesterday's opening sessions, which covered a variety of topics and reviewed the status of important clinical trials.

Today's two major symposia will address the topics Understanding the Complexities in the Management of Insomnia and Depression: Spotlight on Current and Emerging Therapies and Navigating the Clinical Conundrum of Major Depressive Disorder.

The Congress continues through the weekend with dozens of sessions scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, covering topics ranging from sexual infidelity, addictive disorders, suicide prevention, advances in pharmacology, treatment of Alzheimer's disease, and various other discussions relating to the diagnosis and treatment of mental health disorders.

"An estimated 18 million Americans suffer from some type of depressive disorder," said William Soliman, PhD, vice president of medical and scientific affairs, CME LLC, host organization of the Congress. "Some of those disorders reveal themselves in reaction to external events -- such as the nation's current economic turbulence. The Congress is providing the most up-to-date education possible on this pressing topic, helping clinicians make informed decisions about providing the best treatment possible."

All sessions and symposia are presented by renowned faculty who are authorities on topics at the forefront of contemporary psychiatry. Each session provides practice-related, clinically relevant information designed to help increase the quality of patient care.

Session categories include: addiction psychiatry; child and adolescent psychiatry; complementary and alternative medicine; geriatric psychiatry; neuropsychiatry; practical issues, ethics and forensic psychiatry; psychiatric disorders; psychopharmacology; psychosomatic medicine; psychotherapy; social and community psychiatry; and violence and trauma.

The event also features an Exhibit Hall with representatives from over 80 psychiatry-related companies and organizations.

About U.S. Psychiatric and Mental Health Congress

The annual U.S. Psychiatric and Mental Health Congress is the nation's largest independent conference and exhibition designed to meet the continuing medical educational needs of U.S.-based mental health care professionals. This four-day event offers over 100 sessions and symposia dedicated to the most pressing topics in psychiatry, all presented by renowned faculty from the nation's leading institutions. Attendees have the opportunity to earn up to 30 hours of continuing medical education credits from the educational programming, which is designed specifically to help improve patient care. For more information, visit


CME LLC is a leading provider of innovative, evidence-based and clinically relevant continuing medical education programs. In addition to the U.S. Psychiatric and Mental Health Congress, the company offers a wide range of live events, print publications and online symposia - all designed to improve patient care. Healthcare professionals in psychiatry, oncology, primary care and other specialty areas benefit from CME LLC's variety of informational and educational resources. Based in Jersey City, N.J., CME LLC is accredited by the ACCME and ACPE. For more information, visit

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