Bright Nights Community Forum with UM Depression Center: Women's Health & Depression

This event was held on April 3, 2007 at Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

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To provide greater understanding of the connections between women's health and depression throughout the life span, the UM Depression Center and AADL present this forum in collaboration with the UM Women's Health Program. Sheila Marcus, MD, Clinical Assoc. Professor, UM Dept. of Psychiatry and Depression Center, Section Director of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, and Medical Director of the Women's Perinatal and Mood Disorders Program, will present a brief overview of the latest clinical findings on depression in women throughout the life span, then moderate a panel discussion of medical specialists. A question and answer session will be included. Panelists will include: Heather Flynn, PhD, Asst. Professor, Dept. of Psychiatry, UM Medical School; Helen C. Kales, MD, Asst. Professor, UM Dept. of Psychiatry, Medical Director of the Geriatric Depression Program at UM Depression Center, Director of the Geriatric Psychiatry Clinic, VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System; Yolanda R. Smith, MD, MS, Assoc. Professor, UM Dept. of Obstetrics and Gynecology; and Emily Gutman, LMSW, CSW, UM Hospitals and Health Centers. Research has shown that more women than men experience depression and about 23% of women experience depression at some point in their lives. Particular life stages and biological phases may contribute to this increased risk. For example, women may be at greater risk for depression when their estrogen levels change, such as following the birth of a child and at the end of the menstrual cycle.

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