Antidepressants and Psychotherapy:

Poles apart or two sides of the same coin?

17th February 2016, Herschel Building Newcastle University

In February the Northern Centre for Mood Disorders (NCMD) held the 2nd public engagement meeting titled Antidepressants and Psychotherapy Poles apart or two sides of the same coin? The meeting was attended by over 90 people from a range of backgrounds. The event was hosted by NCMD Academic Lead Dr Hamish McAllister Williams and invited expert in psychological therapies Dr Stephen Barton from the CBT Centre in Newcastle and the clinical psychology doctorate programme of Newcastle University.

Both Hamish and Stephen gave thoughtful talks, with Hamish giving an in depth overview of depression, its causes, symptoms, and physical factors. Followed by an insight into the effect of stress on depression, closing with a discussion of the use and actions of antidepressants on the various receptors in the brain.

Stephen discussed the use of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) within cases of complex depression and then hosted a lengthy period of questions on the topic with many people remaining later to continue discussions with him.

Both speakers were enthusiastic and well received by the large audience and the feedback was very positive.

“Excellent, clear presentations pitched at the right level”

“I really liked that the speakers go in depth with their explanations. Knowledge is power with mood disorders in living with them”

“The science and description of the topics were very good! Interesting topics chosen!”

“Comparison of views on biological and psychological treatments and openness to both”

“Both talks were very good. The CBT talk made me change my perception of it – as I had had a rather negative view of it previously”

Due to the great success of previous NCMD events there will be more to come in 2016.
Events will vary in their content to appeal to a broad audience and to reach the largest numbers possible. We are also hosting a run to raise further awareness of NCMD and the Out of the Blues Charity.

If you would like further information about these events please contact
Sam Bulmer Research Nurse on 0191 2081393 or email
More information is also available throughout this website.


Download Slides from Conference

  • Hamish McAllister Williams NCMD presentation Feb 2016.pdf
  • Stephen Barton NCMD presentation 17th Feb 2016.pdf


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    NCMD’s Academic Lead is Dr Hamish McAllister-Williams who will be assisted by an Executive Committee with NTW, Newcastle University and lay membership.


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