Dr. Mark Johan Ritzen
was born in the Netherlands, studied medicine at the Leuven University (Belgium); afterwards he specialised at the University of Cologne (Germany) to become a medical specialist in psychiatry and psychotherapy. Here his clinical focus lay at the early recognition of psychotic disorders and the treatment of schizophrenia. At the “centrum voor geestelijke gezondheidszorg” in Nijmegen (Netherlands) he worked in close collaboration with the Radboudt University to coordinate care for Patients with affective (mood) disorders in a region of about 150.000 Persons. In the meantime he worked as a expert-psychiatrist for the Cologne and Düsseldorf Court. Since 2012 Mark Ritzen works as medical director of the “Centre Hospitalier Neuro-Psychiatrique”, in Luxembourg. This hospital has 237 beds as well as a large ambulatory service and focusses on the rehabilitative treatment of psychiatric patients. He offers supervisions and workshops at the Luxemburg University.