Bright Nights Community Forum - Mood, Food, And Attitude: Metabolic Syndrome In Depression With The UM Depression Center

This event was held on January 24, 2012 at Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

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High blood pressure, high blood sugar levels, high levels of triglycerides (a type of fat) in the blood, and abdominal obesity - these conditions put an individual at risk for heart disease and diabetes.

This group of conditions, called Metabolic Syndrome, can have a negative impact on physical health, and recent research studies demonstrate that there is also a relationship between metabolic syndrome and mental health. Individuals with metabolic syndrome are more likely to experience depression, anxiety, and tension, and those who are depressed, anxious, and stressed are more likely to develop metabolic syndrome.

To provide greater understanding of metabolic syndrome and its connections to depressive illnesses, including interventions which address both conditions, the UM Depression Center will present this Bright Nights Community Forum. Dr. Gregory Dalack, Chair of the U-M Department of Psychiatry, will present a brief overview describing the relationship between metabolic syndrome and depression. Dr. Amy Kilbourne, Associate Professor in the U-M Department of Psychiatry, will then describe innovative interventions to help improve both conditions.

This will be followed by a panel discussion with experts Simon Evans, PhD, Research Assistant Professor and Nicole Poellet, MS, PMHNP-BC, Nurse Practitioner, both from the Department of Psychiatry.

For more information on the Depression Center, visit their website at, or contact Trish Meyer, 763-7495, or

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