Akiskal Hakob

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Akiskal Hakob (Suren)
Aqsqalyan Hakob
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Armenian: Ակիսկալ Հակոբ Սուրենի
Russian: Акискал Акоб Суренович
Born: 1944
Beirut, Lebanon
Psychiatrist, scientist.


Was born in 1944 in Beirut, Lebanon.


  • In 1969 finished the Faculty of Medicine of the American University of Beirut (AUB).

Work activity

  • Since 1981-Director of the American Psychiatric National Institute Project, Deputy Director of the Baptist Hospital in Memphis.
  • 1990-1994-The chief advisor of the Director of the US National Institute of Mental Health in Washington, DC.
  • Since 1995-Director of the UC (University of California) San Diego International Center.
  • Since 1997-Special Adviser of the WHO (World Health Organization) Director in Geneva.


  • Doctor of Medical Sciences.
  • Honorary Doctor of National Academy of Sciences of Armenia.
  • In 1980-Professor of psychiatry and psychopharmacotherapy.
  • In 2002-The highest prize of psychiatry.
  • In 2003-Ellis Island Medal of Honor.
  • The Gold Medal for Pioneer Research (Society of Biological Psychiatry).
  • The German Anna Monika Prize for Depression.
  • The NARSAD Prize for Affective Disorders.
  • The Jean Delay Prize for international collaborative research (World Psychiatric Association).


  • In 1969 moved to the USA.
  • His works refer to the depression, emotion and the regulation of brain mechanisms.



  • Akiskal HS, McKinney WT: Depressive disorders: Toward a unified hypothesis. Science 182:20-29, 1973
  • Akiskal HS:Dysthymia: Psychopathology of proposed chronic depressive subtypes. Am J Psychiatry 140:11-20, 1983. Abstract
  • Akiskal HS,Downs J, Jordan P, Watson S, Daugherty D, Pruitt DB: Affective disorders in the referred children and younger siblings of manic-depressives: Mode of onset and prospective course. Arch Gen Psychiatry 42:996-1003, 1985
  • Akiskal HS, Maser JD, Zeller P, Endicott J, Coryell W, Keller M, Warshaw M, Clayton P, Goodwin FK: Switching from “unipolar” to bipolar II: An 11-year prospective study of clinical and temperamental predictors in 559 patients. Arch Gen Psychiatry 52:114-123, 1995
  • Akiskal HS, Bourgeois ML, Angst J, Post R, Moller HJ, Hirschfeld RMA: Re-evaluating the prevalence of and diagnostic composition within the broad clinical spectrum of bipolar disorders. J Affect Disord 59 [Suppl 1]: 5s – 30s, 2000

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