IPOS Congress: Severe Mental Disorders and Cancer

IPOS 2023, cancer, severe mental disorder

Just concluded the XXIV IPOS Congress, where I presented a study on severe mental disorders in cancer patients. The presentation was part of a symposium, chaired by Prof. Gil Goldzweig, on communication and intersubjectivity in underserved populations.

I discussed challenges and the (poorly explored) state of the art of studies on the comorbidity between severe mental disorders and cancer. Below a brief video-summary of the slides.

European congress on personality disorders

I’ve attended at the 6th International Congress of the European Society (10-12 October) for the Study of Personality Disorders (ESSPD). Several very interesting keynotes and symposia were presented.

I was impressed by two relevant, innovative and recurring themes. First, something has finally changed in the way we discussed personality disorders. Even if this change has been long waited, many studies were focused on the search for a positive outcome, a recovery and personal growing rather than just discussing about reduction in symptoms or remission from a categorical diagnosis. This was evident since the first two keynotes on positive psychology (Meike Bartels) and borderline personality (Mary Zanarini). Second, there were three symposia exclusively dedicated to adolescence and early onset of personality disoders. Carla Sharp was present almost in all of them, as a leading expert in the field. I was very happy to see this new interest in adolescence, and I hope for more and more studies especially on clinical applications of a personality-informed approach.

Finally, I presented two researches: our RCT on schizotypal personality disoders and the longitudinal study on the relationship between narcissism and perfectionism. I previously presented here the results.