Bright Nights Community Forum: Connections Between Substance Use And Depression In Adolescents

This event was held on March 27, 2012 at Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

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Young people sometimes turn to alcohol and other drugs to cope with life's frustrations, to fit in, rebel, or to satisfy their curiosity about drugs and drinking. Teens with depression or other mental health disorders are particularly vulnerable. Many fail to recognize that they are depressed and may be using alcohol and other drugs as a way to self-medicate.

When young people drink alcohol or take drugs to alleviate their stress or emotional pain, their depressive symptoms can worsen.

To provide greater understanding about the relationship between substance use and depression in adolescents, the UM Depression Center will present this Bright Nights Community Forum. Mary Jo Desprez, Alcohol and Other Drugs Policy and Prevention Administrator for the UM Health Service, and Dr. Daniel Gih, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the UM Medical School, will co-present a brief overview on adolescent depression, substance use, and the relationship between the two. A question and discussion with a panel of experts will follow.

For more information on the Depression Center, visit their website at depressioncenter.org, or contact Trish Meyer, 763-7495, or meyerpa@umich.edu.

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