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Division of Mood Disorders

Release Date:2014-06-13

About the department

Mood disorders include a spectrum of illnesses which can be quite severe. Moreover, the prevalence rate for these disorders is high, with 10-20% of men and women having a mood disorder at some point in their life. The most common mood disorder is Major Depressive Disorder. Another disorder which is relatively common is Bipolar Affective Disorder, which manifests with intermittent periods of depression and a state called 'mania'. This mania involves feelings which are the opposite of depression, such as feeling one has special powers and engaging in an increased amount of pleasurable activity, among other symptoms. Other mood disorders include dysthymia, hypomania and sub-syndromal depression/mania. The morbidity of mood disorders in China has increased significantly in recent decades, causing financial and societal burdens to individual families and society as a whole. The Global Burden of Disease Cooperative Survey, conducted in 1993 by the World Health Organization (WHO), revealed that depression carries the 5th highest disease burden as a whole around the world. Moreover, it is expected that, by 2020, depression will have the 2nd highest disease burden worldwide, second only to coronary disease. Despite the frequency and morbidity of depression, the etiology and pathogenesis of the various mood disorders is still unclear.  Most of the current interventions for the mood disorders are aimed at symptom relief as opposed to cure. Further, the stigma attached to mental illness means that many patients do not accept treatment for mood disorders. All of these facts led to the establishment of the Division of Mood Disorders at Shanghai Mental Health Center in 2003, with the goal of providing high quality clinical services and cutting edge research. Under the direction of Prof. Yiru Fang, the principal investigator for the "10th Five-Year Plan of Chinese National Key Technologies Research and Development Program" & the "863 Program", a staff of experienced and well trained attending psychiatrists, associate chief and chief psychiatrists take on the duty of care for the often difficult to treat mood disorders. Treatment is aimed at improving the patient’s mood symptoms, increasing remission/recovery rate, decreasing relapse/recurrence rate, promoting social and vocational function, and improving life quality.


Outpatient Hour:

Tuesday morning: Specialist outpatient clinic

Tuesday afternoon, Specialist consultation clinic

 

Director & Chief Psychiatrist

Prof. Yiru Fang

Director and Chief Psychiatrist, Division of Mood Disorders, Shanghai Mental Health Center.  

Director and Professor, ManagementCenterfor Mood Disorders, Department of Psychiatry atShanghaiJiaoTongUniversitySchoolof Medicine.  

Prof. Fang received his medical bachelor degree from Hunan Medical University (currently named Central South University Xiangya School of Medicine) in 1984. In 1990 and 2005, Prof. Fang achieved his masters and PhD degree in psychiatry respectively from Shanghai Second Medical University (currently known as Shanghai Jiaotong University School of Medicine).

From March 2003- 2004, Prof. Fang investigated the neurobiology and neuropathology of depression using animal models. The research was conducted while Prof. Fang was a guest researcher in the Department of Psychiatry and Neurology, Graduate School of Medicine at Hokkaido University.  Later, during July to November 2008, Prof. Fang worked as a visiting scholar in the Bipolar Disorder Program at Massachusetts General Hospital’s Department of Psychiatry.

Academic Membership:

2006 --- Present:  Member of the Executive Board  Chinese Society of Psychiatry/CMA

2005 --- Present:  Member of the Executive Board  Chinese Psychiatrist Association

2004 --- Present:  Member of the Executive Board  Chinese Society for Psycho- Neuroscience

1998 --- Present:  Member of the Executive Board  Psychiatry Branch of Shanghai Medical Association

1997 --- Present:  Member of the Executive Board  Behavioral Medicine Branch of Shanghai Medical Association

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