Finding Something in Nothing: Resolving Emotional Blunting in Major Depressive Disorder

Managing Major Depression
Launch Date:
June 17, 2022
Expiration Date:
The accreditation for this activity has expired.

Relevant Terms:

Depression, Major depressive disorder, Emotion, Blunted Affect

Leslie Citrome, MD, MPH

Clinical Professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
New York Medical College
Valhalla, NY

Dr Citrome is a psychiatrist and international leading authority in several psychiatric conditions including major depressive disorder (MDD). In addition to his academic positions, he has a private practice in psychiatry in Pomona, New York. He is a Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and a Fellow of the American Society of Clinical Psychopharmacology where he currently serves as President.

Dr Citrome is a leading or contributing author of over 500 research publications and has lectured throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, and Asia. 

Roger S. McIntyre, MD, FRCPC

Chairman and Executive Director, Brain and Cognition Discovery Foundation
Professor, Psychiatry and Pharmacology
University of Toronto
Toronto, ON, CA

Dr. McIntyre is an internationally renowned psychiatrist with extensive research and clinical experience in mood disorders like MDD. He is invested in building a bridge between medical professionals and individuals affected by mood disorders and is Director and Co-Chair of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA).

Having published over 750 articles, Dr McIntyre has been named one of “The World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds.” He has lectured internationally on the topic of emotional blunting.

C. Brendan Montano, MD

Director, Metabolic and Neuropsychiatric Research
Connecticut Clinical Research
Cromwell, CT

Dr Montano is an internal medicine physician with a special interest in psychiatry in the primary care setting. In addition to his active private clinical practice, Dr Montano is the founder and principal investigator at Connecticut Clinical Research where he has had extensive experience conducting clinical trials.

The goal of this activity is to help patients with major depressive disorder (MDD) recognize and talk to their providers about emotional blunting (EB). EB is best described as the reduced ability to feel both happy and sad feelings (aka, feeling “numb”). Through the experiences of other patients affected by MDD and EB, participants will be guided through tools and strategies that may help to navigate common concerns and challenges encountered in daily life.

If you are struggling with depression and need immediate help, the SAMHSA National and the Depression & Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA) helplines provide crisis counseling and support 24/7, 365 days a year:

SAMHSA: Call or text  1-800-985-5990

DBSA: Text DBSA to 741-741



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