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Format: 04/19/2014
Format: 04/19/2014


Allegheny General Hospital Department of Psychiatry Presents David Burns, MD, Program on May 5 and 6

Friday, April 22nd, 2011

Best Selling “Self-Help” Author is World-Renowned Expert on Depression, Stress and Anxiety Disorders 

PITTSBURGH (April 22, 2011) - David Burns, MD’s self-help books on depression, stress and panic attacks are not only world-wide best sellers but highly respected among psychiatric professionals. Dr. Burns will present a two-day workshop called “Scared Stiff – Fast, Effective Treatment for Anxiety Disorders” May 5 and 6 at Allegheny General Hospital.

Dr. Burn’s book “Feeling Good” has sold over 4 million copies and is the book most frequently recommended by North American mental health professionals for patients suffering from depression. The book is credited with popularizing cognitive behavioral therapy.

His most recent book, “When Panic Attacks,” gives the general public as well as mental health professionals fast, effective, drug-free methods for overcoming anxiety disorders.

In the AGH seminar, Dr. Burns will describe three powerful models for treating anxiety disorders:

-The Cognitive Model, based on the idea that anxiety results from distorted negative thoughts that can be defeated with cognitive techniques.

-The Behavioral Model, based on the idea that anxiety results from avoidance, and that exposure is necessary for successful treatment.

-The Hidden Emotion Model, based on the idea that anxious individuals are nearly always exceptionally “nice” individuals who sweep their feelings under the carpet in order to please others.

Dr. Burns will illustrate how to integrate these models in the treatment of Generalized Anxiety Disorders, Phobias, Agoraphobia, Shyness, Panic Disorder, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Performance Anxiety, Body Dysmorphic Disorder and Hypochondriasis.

Dr. Burns is an Adjunct Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University School of Medicine and has serves as Visiting Scholar at Harvard Medical School and Acting Chief of Psychiatry at the Presbyterian/University of Pennsylvania Medical Center.

Registration for the AGH program must be made at www.aghcme.org and the deadline is April 27, or until all spaces are filled. The fee is $249, or $99 for students (first 50 to register.) Questions about the program may be directed to tcochran@wpahs.org.

Dr. Burns’ appearance is part of the Ester Mandelker, Ph.D., Memorial Conference, instituted by the Allegheny General Hospital Department of Psychiatry in memory of her tireless pursuit of excellence as a psychologist, mentor and faculty member. At AGH, she was known for her extraordinary psychotherapy skills, teaching and supervision capabilities. The conference is supported by a generous gift from the Mandelker family.


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