Guest speaker presentation: Mental illness and identity, Dr Milutin Kostic – 24 april 2024

Date: 24 April 2024

Time: 8AM (EDT)/1PM (GMT)

Chair: Lisa Cosgrove

Location: Zoom 

Recent decades have seen the rise of mental health speak in the general population and social media.  Even though most is done with the best intentions, this cultural change poses many questions and potential dangers that have been completely marginalized.  During this time awareness and anti-stigma campaigns have presented the story of mental health as the same as physical health, however there are qualitative differences that are overlooked.  One aspect that must be taken into account and that influences the cultural, scientific, clinical, social and even philosophical zeitgeist is the interplay of diagnosis and identity.  What happens in this diad and how it influences each and every aspect of our society, even when we are not completely aware of this, will be the topic of Dr Kostic’s talk.

Dr Kostic is a psychiatrist from Serbia, Head of the Day Hospital at the Institute of Mental Health in Belgrade. He completed his PhD in molecular medicine, with a focus on genetics and imaging in depression, but has in the meantime refocused his work on social and psychological aspects of diagnosis, overtreatment and overdiagnosis. Milutin is currently at the University of Massachusetts Boston on a Fulbright scholarship working with Prof. Cosgrove.

The talk will be followed by a Q&A session with members of the audience and proceedings will conclude by 9 am EDT/2 pm GMT.