Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce recently issued the following announcement.
Award-winning mental health expert Dr. Radu V. Saveanu of the University of Miami discussed the latest advances in mental health treatment at a special luncheon hosted by SalusCare on Monday, May 14.
More than 130 people attended “Shattering the Stigma,” which was presented in honor of Mental Health Month
Dr. Saveanu and his colleagues assisted a local family as they struggled to find the correct mental health diagnosis for their young adult son. Through videos and honest first-hand accounts, Dr. Saveanu and the family shared the journey that ultimately led to a diagnosis of bipolar disorder.
About 5 percent of the U.S. population has bipolar disorder, although 40 percent of the cases go untreated, Dr. Saveanu said.
“Primary care physicians are the first ones to see patients with bipolar disorder. They see more patients with bipolar than psychiatrists do,” Dr. Saveanu said.
He said bipolar disorder is treatable, although the illness may change over time requiring adjustments in medication. He encouraged everyone to talk about mental illness in the community to shatter the stigma.
Dr. Saveanu is currently a professor and vice chairman for education in the University of Miami’s Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. He has special expertise in psychotherapy and conducts clinical research in the treatment of mood and anxiety disorders. He received his medical degree from Tufts University Medical School. Prior to joining the University of Miami, he was chairman of the Department of Psychiatry at The Ohio State University.
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