7th - 8th April 2023, Catania

2nd Mediterranean
School of Psychiatry



With 10+ sessions and topics 2nd Mediterranean School of Psychiatry will be one of the best places to connect with colleagues, examine and discuss all the crucial issues in psychiatry and mental health, and learn the latest in eective clinical practice and research advancement.

2023 will be a special year, and we have therefore chosen a special destination, Catania, Sicily.

To this day, the major pharmacological treatment strategy for schizophrenia is based on direct modulation of D2 receptor activity. Typical agents are thought to work by inhibiting D2 receptors to treat the positive symptoms of psychosis while atypi-cal antipsychotics to treat both positive and negative symptoms, the latter including decreased motivation and ability to feel pleasure, as well as social withdrawal via modulation of D2, α2 and 5-HT2A receptors. A number of new antipsychotics have been recently launched in the market and Prof. Serretti will present novel treatments for schizophrenia.

Major depressive disorder (MDD) is a disabling psychiatric condition for which eective treatment remains an outstanding need. A range of augmentation and combination strategies have been used in order to improve outcomes for patients. Recently, evidence has shown that adjunctive therapy with atypical antipsychotic such as Aripiprazole has the potential for benecial antidepressant eects in the absence of psychotic symptoms. Prof. Serretti will review the up to date strategies including the use of Aripiprazole partial dopamine agonist in both bipolar and treatment refractory major depressive disorders whereas Prof. Nesrin Dilbaz will present the Eect of Antidepressant Switching vs Augmentation on Remission Among Patients With Major Depressive Disorder Unresponsive to Antidepressant Treatment. Prof. Signorelli will discuss Bipolar Disorder which is an oen-complex disorder that requires many dierent types of knowledge and expertise to treat. She will cover the nature of the problem, causes, sources of help and treatment, recovery. Prof. Oguz Karamustafalıoğlu will present the treatment of Bipolar difficult cases.

There are several forms of treatments that may be used for depression. There are highly structured psychological treatments that can be applied to most depressive disorders such as Mindfulness-Based Cognitive erapy and Metacognitive therapy that look promising and may oer some advantages over other treatments. Assoc. Prof. Neslihan Akkişi Kumsar will present Metacognitive therapy for depression that is based on the idea that depression is maintained by unhelpful and difficult to control thinking patterns dominated by rumination and excessive self-focused attention on thoughts and feelings.

Prof. Dilbaz will focus on Attention Decit Hyperactivity Disorder, a largely underrecognized disorder, which needs appropriate treatments in order to avoid worsening of the disorder itself with a focus on novel treatments.

Prof. Oğuz Karamustafalioğlu will provide an overview on the treatment of panic disorder, which is frequently considered an easy to treat disorder but there are challenges in cases of treatment resistant panic disorder.

Looking forward to welcoming you in Catania in April!


  • Day 1

    Friday, 7th April, 2023

  • Day 2

    Saturday, 8th April, 2023

  • 09:00 - 10:00 Advances in Bipolar Disorder treatment Prof. Maria Signorelli

  • 10:00 - 11:00 Maintenance Pharmacological Treatment of Bipolar 1 Disorder: Review and Meta-Analyses Prof. Maria Signorelli

  • 11:00 - 11:30 Coffee Break

  • 11:30 - 12:30 Bipolar disorder treatment in difficult cases Prof. Nesrin Dilbaz & Prof. Oguz Karamustafalioglu

  • 12:30 - 13:00 Discussion

  • 13:00 - 14:00 Lunch

  • 14:00 - 15:00 Metacognitive therapy in anxiety and depression patients Assoc. Prof. Neslihan Akkişi Kumsar

  • 15:00 - 16:00 Advances in the treatment of depression Prof. Alessandro Serretti - Bologna

  • 16:00 - 17:00 ADHD Novel Treatments Prof. Nesrin Dilbaz - Ankara

  • 17:00 - 17:30 General Discussion and end of the meeting

  • 09:00 - 10:00 Advances in the treatment of Schizophrenia Disorder Prof. Alessandro Serretti

  • 10:00 - 11:00 Eect of Antidepressant Switching vs Augmentation on Remission Among Patients With Major Depressive Disorder Unresponsive to Antidepressant Treatment Prof. Nesrin Dilbaz - Ankara

  • 11:00 - 11:30 Coffee Break

  • 11:30 - 12:30 Rational treatment of panic disorder with antidepressants. Prof. Oguz Karamustafalioglu - Istanbul

  • 12:30 - 13:00 Discussion

  • 13:00 - 14:00 Lunch