Mood, Anxiety and Personality
The Mood, Anxiety and Personality Clinical Academic Group (CAG) provides a large range of services for people with mood, anxiety, personality and trauma disorders, including depression and self harm.
According to the Psychiatric Morbidity Survey, six million people suffer from depression or anxiety disorders or both. This is almost one in six of the adult population.
Services are provided for people living in Croydon, Lambeth, Lewisham and Southwark and services for patients from around the country who need specialist care. We provide assessment in the community, and treatment where patients can access talking therapies and social care for self help and problem solving to intensive day services. We also provide inpatient and outpatient services for people who need more intensive treatment and support.
The Centre for Anxiety Disorders and Trauma (CADT) has a national training role for the treatment of anxiety disorders. It provides over half the supervisors and much of the training on the postgraduate diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience.
Key achievements in education include:
- Dual Diagnosis, CBT and Dialectic Behavioural Therapy (DBT) clinicians now in community teams
- Programme of training in CBT/DBT and psycho-education for recurrent affective disorders.
Our CAG have developed the leading CBT for panic disorder, social phobia, post-traumatic stress disorder, body dysmorphic disorder and the specific phobia of vomiting. We have developed large scale effective community treatments for insomnia, stress and low confidence. We have conducted randomised trials in general practice on the treatment of mild-moderate depression, post-natal depression and nurse led personalised care for people with coronary heart disease and depression.
Another key research area for the CAG is conducting epidemiological research into personality disorder and self-harm, with an interest in evaluating new treatments.