2020 CMDA National Convention

The Psychiatry Section will host a banquet for fellowship and encouragement on Friday evening and host a psychiatry seminar tract on Saturday afternoon. This will be a great time for worship, fellowship, encouragement, professional stimulation and CME credits. See the main CMDA National Convention information link for speakers, schedule, and registration.

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Is mental illness a spiritual issue (the result of sin), or is mental illness a medical issue? Is a person with mental illness struggling spiritually or are they physically sick? Is a Christian supposed to have mental illness? Can’t God cure mental illness?

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Psychiatry Section

The Psychiatry Section of CMDA strives to To promote fellowship and provide community to support and encourage Christian physicians in the practice of psychiatry, as they explore the relationship between their faith and professional psychiatry practice. To promote within the church the knowledge and understanding of valid psychiatric approaches to mental health and healing, consistent with Christ’s redemptive love.

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Facing the Rise of Suicides in Healthcare

As a second year medical student, a member of my medical school class committed suicide. I didn’t know him well, but his death impacted me. Made me ask a lot of questions. Why didn’t I know him better? Had I gotten to know him, could I have made a difference?

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Who do persons with mental health issues reach out to?

The Gathering on Mental Health and the Church in 2014 was a national event, founded by Kay Warren and her husband Rick, centering on the hope Jesus Christ can bring to those with mental illness. Healthcare professionals, pastors and others discussed the hopelessness that is present when people suffer silently due to their mental illness.

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Physician Burnout: Higher Resources of the Christian Psychiatrist

A nationwide survey was recently published by The Physicians Foundation, a non-profit organization supporting physicians. They found that 49 percent of 17,000 physicians reported symptoms of “burnout.” The survey cited the primary sources of dissatisfaction were regulatory and paperwork burdens, as well as loss of clinical autonomy.

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Educating the Conservative Evangelical Church about Mental Illness

Christians suffering from mental illness often hesitate to seek psychiatric care. The reasons for this are varied and numerous, but oftentimes the cause lies within our Christian communities which, at times, seem to stigmatize mental illness or suggest that psychiatric symptoms are the result of personal sin.

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Ward 3, the locked psychiatric unit where I began my residency in psychiatry, was an utterly unattractive place, a tired fluorescent network of wall fabric and tile, fragrant with cleaning solution and stray bodily fluids. Its pajama- clad inmates, expelled from comfortable 21st century American culture by the demons of chronic mental illness and addiction, would stabilize, rest, detoxify, regroup and then—eventually—leave. It was a place of great pain, of small victories and sometimes, astonishingly, of irrepressible hope.

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Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a condition in which characterized by inattention, hyperactivity and impulsivity. ADHD is most commonly diagnosed in young people, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). An estimated 9% of children between ages 3–17 have ADHD. While ADHD is usually diagnosed in childhood, it does not only affect children. An estimated 4% of adults have ADHD.

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Bipolar disorder is a mental illness that causes dramatic shifts in a person’s mood, energy and ability to think clearly. People with bipolar experience high and low moods—known as mania and depression—which differ from the typical ups-and-downs most people experience.

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2018 CMDA Psychiatry Section at the APA Conference

We had a full agenda of meetings for our members and guests. If you were not able to join us, click on the link below to find the agenda and audio/video of Dr. Tom Okamoto as he encouraged us in our walk and unique role as psychiatrists. Also find audio/video of Dr. Gene Rudd, Senior Vice President of CMDA, as he encouraged us regarding integrating more psychiatry expertise into CMDA ministries and global outreach. Contact Marshall at psychsectioncmda@gmail.com for more information.

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2018 Psychiatry Section at the CMDA National Convention May 18, 2019 – May 22, 2019 Ridgecrest, North Carolina

The Psychiatry Section sponsored an afternoon session on Friday with a focus on Mentoring, Burnout/Resilience, and Sexual Dysphoria. We heard from Steve Sartori, MD, Director of CMDA’s Life and Leadership Coaching ministry as he discussed Burnout among doctors and healthcare professionals.

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2017 Psychiatry Section Meeting at the APA Conference May 22, 2017 – May 24, 2017 San Diego, California

We had a full agenda of meetings for our members and guests as we sought to challenge and encourage each other in integrating faith and practice. We hope you can join us in New York in May of 2018. We also recorded Dr. Okamoto’s morning presentation and Kay Warren on Tuesday evening.  Please click the link below to view the agenda and activities we sponsored and recordings of events as they are posted.

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2016 Psychiatry Section Meeting at the APA Conference May 14, 2016 – May 18, 2016 Atlanta, Georgia

CMDA’s Psychiatry Section offered special events and sponsored an exhibit during the American Psychiatry Association’s Annual Meeting in Atlanta, Georgia. Did you miss the 2016 meetings? We recorded our sessions so you can listen and watch even if you weren’t able to join us.

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