Programs in Harvard’s Department of Global Health and Social Medicine

Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School


The medical director of MetroWest Medical Center’s Geriatric and Neuropsychiatry Treatment Unit, Dr. Antonio Bullon has served as a physician and psychiatrist for 27 years. In addition to his work at MetroWest in Natick, Massachusetts, Dr. Antonio Bullon is an assistant professor of psychiatry and senior consultant for the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School.

Established in the 1980s, the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine puts to work research gleaned from social sciences and humanities investigation to improve medical practice and treatment as well as health care policy around the world. The department oversees numerous programs including economics, family care for the elderly, noncommunicable disease, and mental health.

– Economics: This program’s many objectives include the development of a team of scientists with expertise in global health delivery and the establishment of training platforms for students of global health, both at Harvard and beyond.

– Family Care for the Elderly: With this program, the department strives to facilitate the exchange of information between medical and social researchers and “social thinkers” in order to develop better approaches to family care. Health care training is also administered through this program.

– Noncommunicable Disease: The three-fold objective of this program involves the investigation of noncommunicable diseases around the world using social, medical, and historical fields of thought, the development of health initiatives, and the training of medical personnel, researchers, and policy makers.

– Mental Health: Focusing on the Americas, Africa, and the Caribbean, this program works to support and evaluate community efforts in intervention, prevention, and diagnosis of mental health issues, as well as documenting the cultural and social influences that affect these conditions.

Signs and Symptoms of PTSD

Dr. Antonio Bullon serves the MetroWest Medical Center in Natick, Massachusetts, as medical director of the geriatric and neuropsychiatry treatment units. Over the course of his career, Dr. Antonio Bullon has written and lectured on an array of psychiatric topics, including post traumatic stress disorder.

Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is often associated with veterans returning from war. However, any traumatic life experience can trigger the disorder, including events ranging from a severe car accident to an episode of intense emotional stress. Regardless of the cause, individuals suffering from PTSD demonstrate a number of shared symptoms and behaviors.

Certain personality changes may seem innocuous at first, such as lack of appetite or difficulty sleeping. These changes can quickly intensify to insomnia and nightmares. Individuals struggling with PTSD can also become angry more often, even due to minor incidences. This anger can eventually escalate to rage and physical violence. At other times a person may become completely apathetic in their attempts to relate to family members and friends.

Untreated PTSD can lead to consequences as serious as drug addiction and alcohol dependency as a person seeks to escape the overwhelming and uncontrollable mood swings. Recognizing and responding to these signs as early as possible is the best way to avoid some of the disorder’s most dangerous effects, including suicide.