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Sunday, July 9 • 8:00am - 9:30am
Social Media and Infomania: Impulsive v Compulsive Behavior

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Impulsivity is a pattern of acting without thinking, driven by pleasure-seeking behaviors and avoidance of pain that often results in negative consequences or undesirable outcomes. Compulsive behavior is driven by the need to rid oneself of doubt, anxiety or uncertainty. We will show firstly the similarities and differences between the two by giving examples of how people use and misuse social media. We will also examine the grey zone between normal and abnormal, look at the potential for disagreement and conflict between the generations and offer some specific and differing treatment ideas


Scott Blair-West, MBBS, DPM, FRANZCP, MD

Dr Blair-West graduated in Medicine from the University of Melbourne, Australia, completing psychiatric training in 1993. While working as an academic he also commenced private practice specializing in CBT for OCD and Panic Disorder. In 2002, he commenced as Medical Direc... Read More →

Christopher Mogan, PhD

Dr Christopher Mogan PhD is the Director of The Anxiety Clinic in Melbourne, specializing in complex presentations of Anxiety, OCD, Hoarding Disorders. Formerly Clinical Director of the CBT-based Anxiety and Depression Program at The Melbourne Clinic, he developed innovative CBT treatment interventions for an inpatient psychiatric population. Dr Mogan is a Research Fellow at Swinburne University where he conducts research and treatment programs for Hoarding Disorder. The Anxiety Clinic has an Intensive Outpatient Treatment called the XRP Program that implements prolonged exposure strategies. He is part of a group of Melbourne researchers who published research papers on OCD, hoarding, depression and anxiety. In 2014, Dr Mogan was the lead author of the book... Read More →

Sunday July 9, 2017 8:00am - 9:30am
Yerba Buena - Salon 8

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