Dagmar Breznoscakova

University of Pavol Jozef Šafárik Slovakia

Since 2016, Dagmar Breznoščáková, MD, PhD, has been the vice-president of Slovak Psychiatric Association and CPT member of the Council of Europe with respect to Slovak Republic. Since 2012, she has been the chairwoman of the Section of Psychopharmacology Slovak Psychiatric Association, Slovak Medical Association. In 2006, she was registered in the List of Experts of the Ministry of Justice SR and has since worked as an expert witness in psychiatry. Since 2006, she has also been engaging in private outpatient psychiatric care and psychotherapy. She successfully completed a 4.5-year European training in cognitive behavioral psychotherapy and completed her postgraduate studies at the Masaryk University in Brno, Czech Republic. The topic of her postgraduate study was “Carbohydrate Metabolism and Depression.” After graduation, she started to work as a resident at the Department of Psychiatry, Faculty of Medicine, UPJŠ, and Faculty Hospital in Košice. Since 2005, she has been working as an assistant professor at the Faculty of Medicine, Faculty of Law and Philosophy UPJŠ in Košice. She also lectures and publishes in her field, focusing on affective and anxiety disorders, particularly bipolar disorder, comorbidity of mental disorders, and psychosomatic connections. She is a coauthor of several chapters in foreign as well as domestic publications and author of psychoeducational handbooks for patients and their relatives, all in all over 150 publication outputs. She holds prizes for the best original work for the journal of psychiatry practice and figures in the biographical encyclopedia of Slovak republic personalities Who Is Who. She organizes and actively participates in various psychoeducational and antistigma activities and is the chairwoman of ROZ ODOS Košice o. z., joining together patients, their relatives, professionals, as well as the general public or supporters.

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Depressive disorders can be seen as a disturbance to the balance of mind and body. Because it is a mental disorder and psychiatry is a branch of medicine, the question how mind and body interact in depression should be treated as a medical rather than metaphysical mind-body problem. The relation between mind and body as it pertains to this illness should be construed in teleological rather than causal terms. Mental states like beliefs and emotions serve an adaptive purpose by constraining the physiologic systems involved in the body's stress response, thus preserving homeostasis and protecting us from various disorders. Depression results when the mind fails its constraining role.

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