When depression is not the only concern for young people: Impact and considerations for treating com

Young people with depression often have other mental health difficulties. This webinar will explore the relationship of depression and common comorbid disorders such as anxiety or substance use and presentations including personality pathology in young people. There will be a focus on describing the impact of comorbidity on the clinical presentation, course, assessment, diagnosis and severity of illness. 

The webinar will explore the variety of treatment models for managing the different comorbidities.

Information in this webinar is current as at December, 2016.

Who is this webinar for?

Clinicians who work with young people in mental health services, primary care settings and other areas of health and human services

What will you learn in this webinar?

The learning objectives for this webinar are to:

  • Review the common comorbidities for young people with depression 

  • Understand the co-occurrence of depression and personality pathology

  • Understand the impact of comorbid disorders on young people with depression on functioning, quality of life and treatment outcomes

  • Address adaptions required to manage comorbidity in treatment

Prior knowledge or reading

Participants may find it helpful to view the free online module Introduction to Early Intervention for Borderline Personality Disorder.


Mark PhelanDr Mark Phelan, Psychiatrist, Orygen Youth Health Clinical Program

Mark is a consultant psychiatrist at OYHCP, where he works with a team of clinicians in the Youth Mood Clinic, which assesses and manages young people with severe mood and anxiety disorders.

His research includes study of the longitudinal course of depression in young people, and the development of effective treatments for depression in this age group.

Mark completed his medical degree at the University of Melbourne, and trained in psychiatry in Sydney and Melbourne. He is currently completing his PhD at the University of Melbourne.