I'm creating a separate thread for this, as I believe there will be some articles and additional information of interest before, during and after this conference. There's been a large annual psychiatric conference in Stavanger, Norway called "The Schizophrenia Days" since 1989. It has grown into a big happening, and is an important meeting place for health personell. This year the theme is "Stressology". It worries me to see prof. Wyller in the programme. For those unfamiliar with him, he is a strong advocate for a biopsychosocial approach to ME and for ME patients receiving treatments as GET/CBT and Lightning Process. He believes ME is sustained by an activated stress response. This is the conference's presentation of "Stressology" (translated mostly by Google) How can stress be understood as both a cause and a result of suffering? How can stress both be harmful and a source to mobilisation and power? How kan knowledge about stress show us how tightly mind and body are connected? How can we reduce stress and accommodate for mastering and meaning when suffering arise? How kan increased knowledge about stress and connections between mind and body create better health service and better help? In order words - how can we think as a whole, and not in piece by piece? This year's theme is how recent interdisciplinary knowledge about stress forms a core of a modern understanding of mental health in various forms. We will examine stress as a causal factor, both predisposing and triggering, but also as a sustaining factor in mental disorder. This year's theme also focuses on an area of the field that is under-prioritized and has considerable development potential, and is in line with the authorities' desire to ensure good follow-up of somatic health in mental health care and good mental health in somatic health services. This is due to the fact that mental and physical health problems often occur simultaneously and affect each other. Almost every third with a long-term somatic disease has mental health problems and almost half of those with mental health problems have a long-term somatic disease. At the same time, psychological and somatic difficulties mutually reinforce each other, affect treatment, are related to premature death, inflict significant suffering on individuals, and have major financial consequences for society. Stress is a basic condition of life, but through epidemiological research (see, among others, Unnur Valdimarsdottir from Karolinska / Harvard)) and neuroscience (Martin Teicher from Harvard), we will gain a more nuanced understanding of how different types of stress affect developmental pathways to disease. We will also explore evidence-based methods of recovery and recovery after the disorder has occurred (see, for example, Kim Mueser, Susan Gingerich of Boston in terms of IMR and Susan McGurk in cognitive training), and these are methods that are part of national guidelines, but which are only partially or poorly implemented in Norway. In addition, we will explore the connection between body and mind via a focus on understanding and treating disorders that lie in the gray zone between body and mind, functional disorders (Jon Stone from Edinburgh) psychosomatic disorders (see eg Trond Diseth, Vegard Wyller, Helene Helgeland) sleep disorders (Ane Wilhelmsen), hypochondria (Ingvard Wilhelmsen) and physical activity in the treatment of mental disorders (eg Paul Joachim Bloch Thorsen.) We will also focus on evidence-based psychotherapeutic approaches for stress disorders such as complex PTSD; DBT for PTSD (Martin Bohus from Mannheim) and ISTDP (Allan Abbass from Canada). As always, we will also include the user perspective on stress disorders, with psychiatry professor Kay Redfield Jamison of John Hopkins as the most prominent speaker of the year. Finally, we will also include some exciting new breakthrough work in the field of stress with digital and virtual therapies, as well as a newer understanding of the role of the immune system in mental disorders (eg via Ed Bullmore from Cambridge).