Bright Nights Community Forum: Depression in Children & Adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorders: Diagnosis & Treatment
This event was held on September 23, 2008 at Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room
Autism and related Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) affect an estimated 3.4 out of every 1,000 children ages 3-10. Studies have shown that more people with ASD experience anxiety and depression than people who do not have ASD. Early diagnosis and intervention can have a dramatic impact on reducing symptoms and increasing a child's ability to grow and learn new skills. Mohammad Ghaziuddin, MD, Director, UM ASD Program, and Assoc. Professor, Dept. of Psychiatry, will present a brief overview of the latest research on diagnosis and treatment of adolescents with ASD and depression. A panel discussion addressing questions from the audience will follow.
Panelists incude Judith Coucouvanis, MA, APRN, BC, and SunShine Mills, LMSW, of the UM Depression Center and the ASD Program, and Pamela Sohoni, MD, Clinical Director of Children & Adolescent Psychiatric Services at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Ann Arbor. For more information on the UM Depression Center, visit the website at www.depressioncenter.org, or contact Trish Meyer, 763-7495, or firstname.lastname@example.org.