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  • Shozo Aoki, M.D., Ph.D. Professor
  • Norihito Yamada, M.D., Ph.D., Professor
  • Takeshi Ishihara, M.D., Ph.D., Professor

Main Areas and Themes of Research

1. Clinical Studies on Adolescent Psychiatric Disorders

Studies are conducted on psychological characteristics and therapy concerning pubescent/adolescent psychiatric disorders including conversion disorders, dissociative disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorders, and eating disorders.

2. Studies on Therapies for Intractable Bipolar Disorder

Studies are conducted to explore the most effective combination of mood stabilizers with antipsychotic drugs and various types of antidepressant agents. Additionally, there are ongoing studies concerning the application of psychotherapy to intractable depression and its efficacy.

3. Studies on Brain Functions in Psychiatric Disorders

Studies are conducted to investigate the therapeutic effects of behavioral and drug therapies on obsessive-compulsive disorders, and on changes that take place in neuropsychological examinations and images of brain functions before and after therapy. By accumulating the above findings, we aim to obtain an effective guideline for obsessive-compulsive disorders that are intractable and causing disorders in people’s lives. Similar studies on eating disorders have been recently launched.

4: Clinical Features

Prof. Aoki is an authority in Japan within the field of adolescence psychiatry.

The associate professor is also an authority in Japan within the field of obsessive compulsive disorders.

Therefore, adolescent patients and patients with an obsessive compulsive disorder are often sent to the department from various places in Japan.

5: Educational Features
@ Education prior to graduation

  Acquisition of general knowledge of psychiatry

 (2) Clinical training
  Familiarity with the case of individual patients (the clinical practice period lasts one week).

A Education after graduation

Acquaintance with the role of the doctor in charge

 (1) Case concerning the in-patient Routine work
    The treatment policy is set up.
    Two rounds per day
    Advice after the rounds from physician-in-charge or advising doctor
    Participation in staff meeting (once a week)
    Conducting rounds of the entire psychiatry department (once a week)

 (2) Liaison psychiatry
    Support for the introduction of a patient from another department (one examination or more a day)

 (3) Case concerning the out-patient
    Intake of new patients
    Sitting together during the examination and description of the clinical record

 (4) Clinical conference and introduction of overseas documents (once a week)