ACAMH’s International Development Director, Gordana Milavić discusses mood disorders and her role at ACAMH with freelance journalist Jo Carlowe.
The two discuss how conceptions of mood disorders have changed throughout Gordana’s career, shockingly Gordana mentions whilst in training it was thought that children were unable to get depressed. As a pioneer, involved in setting up the mood disorder clinic at the Maudsley Hospital, developing a specialist service for treating depressive disorders and bipolar disorders in children, Gordana highlights what we know already and future developments. They continue to discuss the increase of prevalence and causes, the role of medication, it’s limitations and concerns and differentiating between a quiet child and a depressed child.
Gordana touches upon her role at ACAMH, making links with other countries and establishing branches where there is interest, as well as digitally providing mental health resources to other countries where they are not as readily available.
Dr. Milavić is a Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist at the Maudsley Hospital, London. She has over 40 years of experience in acute clinical practice, teaching and training. During her career she has been at the forefront of the organisation of mental health services for children and adolescents in southeast London. She is a Trustee and medical advisor of a number of mental health charities in the UK and internationally.