Bright Nights Community Forum: Learning And Depression: What's the Connection?

This event was held on March 8, 2011 at Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

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Children with undetected attention and learning problems often feel unsuccessful in school. Over time, the stress associated with doing poorly in school can create vulnerability to depression. Similarly, symptoms of depression can interfere with academic progress. For these reasons, interventions designed to improve school functioning are critical to treating and preventing depression in youth.

To provide greater understanding of the connection between learning disorders and depression, the University of Michigan Depression Center will present this Bright Nights community forum entitled "Learning and Depression: What's the Connection?.

Cynthia Ewell-Foster, PhD, Clinical Assistant Professor in the U-M Department of Psychiatry and member of the U-M Depression Center, will present an overview of the latest research on the interaction of learning disorders and depressive illnesses, and information on effective treatment strategies. This will be followed by a specialist panel discussion with experts including Kristen Chapman, MA, Speech and Language Pathologist, U-M Center for the Child & the Family and Mary Spence, PhD, Psychologist, Ann Arbor Public Schools.

Bright Nights is open to the public and there is no charge for attendance. For more information on the Depression Center, visit their website at, or contact Trish Meyer, 763-7495, or

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