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April 2017

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Barnes and Noble Johns Hopkins |  April 13, 2017
Kay Redfield Jamison, Ph.D. will discuss her new book Robert Lowell: Setting the River on Fire: A Study of Genius, Mania, and Character  | 3330 St. Paul Street | 7 PM

WATCH | Musicians and Mood Disorders | Health and Wellness Seminar Series at Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University | Recorded February 7, 2017 | A conversation with Midori and Kay Redfield Jamison with Dr. Karen Swartz moderating.

NEW RESEARCH VIDEOS | Discoveries for a Better Tomorrow: Psychiatry | Some of our faculty members talk about their research on the Johns Hopkins Medicine website.

The WHO’s year-long campaign called Depression: Let’s Talk culminates in World Health Day on April 7, 2017. Their campaign is geared to raise awareness about depression so that millions who suffer will seek medical help. Here are some offerings on the Johns Hopkins Psychiatry website. #LetsTalk

Check out the latest issue of Hopkins BrainWise, the Department Newsletter  | Spring 2017 BrainWise is available online

Upcoming Events


April 18 , 2017
31st Annual Mood Disorders Research/Education Symposium |  1-5 PM | Turner Auditorium at the Johns Hopkins Hospital

May 1, 2017
Chronic Pain, Its Treatment, and Consequences in Active Duty Military and Veterans |
7:15 AM - 4:30 PM | Turner Auditorium at the Johns Hopkins Hospital

June 7, 2017
Schizophrenia Center Annual Symposium | 8:30 AM – 3 PM | Sommer Hall at JH Bloomberg School of Public Health

New Books by Faculty Members

Bipolar Disorder in Older Age Patients edited by Susan W. Lehmann, M.D. and Brent P. Forester, M.D., Springer

Robert Lowell, Setting the River on Fire: A Study of Genius, Mania, and Character by Kay Redfield Jamison, Ph.D. Knopf

Committed: The Battle Over Involuntary Psychiatric Care by Dinah Miller, M.D. and Annette Hanson, M.D., JHU Press

Still Down: What to Do When Antidepressants Fail by Dean MacKinnon, M.D., JHU Press


Features a monthly selection of recent research citations by Department faculty | Click on ‘Psychiatry’.


Johns Hopkins School of Public Health – March 22,, 2017
Loss of Spouse or Partner to Suicide Linked to Physical, Mental Disorders
People who lose a partner to suicide are at increased risk for a number of mental and physical disorders, including cancer, depression, herniated discs and mood disorders than those in the general population, new Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health research suggests. Large-scale study finds many risks may persist five years out.

Johns Hopkins Medicine – March 14, 2017
Low Levels of ‘Anti-Anxiety’ Hormone Linked to Postpartum Depression
Effect measured in women already diagnosed with mood disorders. In a small-scale study Johns Hopkins researchers report that lower levels of the hormone allopregnanolone in the second trimester of pregnancy were associated with an increased chance of developing postpartum depression in women already known to be at risk for the disorder.

Johns Hopkins Medicine – February 2, 2017
Study Affirms That Cocaine Makes Users More Likely To Risk Unsafe Sex
Cocaine use has long been tied anecdotally to higher-than-usual rates of impulsive behavior, including risky sex, but the tie-in has been difficult to study with any scientifically controlled rigor. Results reinforce need to provide condoms to drug users, researchers say.

Research Volunteer Needed

Are you interested in participating in research? Below is an example of one of the studies in the department that is recruiting volunteers. There are many more on our website. See Research Volunteers Needed

Pregnancy and Postpartum Depression Research Study
Are you pregnant or planning on becoming pregnant? If so, you may qualify for a research study to assess how mood disorders affect pregnant women. Pregnant women will be seen and evaluated during pregnancy as well as 1-2 weeks, 6 weeks, 3 months and 6 months postpartum. Volunteers will be compensated for their participation. For more information, please call (410) 502-2586 or e-mail Principal Investigator: Jennifer Payne, M.D. (Protocol Number: # IRB00027369) Download flyer

In the Media

Our faculty members are often quoted in the general media about a wide range of topics. Below is a sampling of recent hits:

Our faculty members are often quoted in the general media about a wide range of topics. Below is a sampling of recent hits:

Social Media Is Causing Depression Among Teen Girls - MSN
A "steady stream of research" suggests that far more girls than boys are battling major depression in their almost-adult years — and the growing psychological dependence on Snapchat, Facebook, Instagram and other social media may be making young women more vulnerable to mental illness. Ramin Mojtabai’s research is mentioned.

Why some women may be more biologically susceptible to postpartum depression - Shape
Researchers estimate that only 15 percent of women who are affected [by postpartum depression] get treatment. That's why we're stoked to see the latest research coming from Johns Hopkins University. It shows that having high levels of an anti-anxiety hormone throughout pregnancy — especially the second trimester — may protect soon-to-be-moms against PPD.

Why the clinical use of psychedelics may heal sexual trauma - Psychology Today
Research on such chemicals as psilocybin (the psychoactive ingredient in "magic mushrooms") and MDMA ("ecstasy") are now in Phase 3 FDA-approved trials, with significant preliminary results. Psilocybin research at Johns Hopkins University and NYU, for example, have found that patients with terminal cancer experienced a reduction in mortality related depression and anxiety and heightened levels of well-being.

Forgiveness … the ultimate freedom - W4CY radio (West Palm Beach, Fla.)
More and more though it is being found that ... feelings [of hurt, anger and resentfulness] negatively impact our health: “There is an enormous physical burden to being hurt and disappointed,” says Karen Swartz, M.D., director of the Mood Disorders Adult Consultation Clinic at The Johns Hopkins Hospital. "Forgiveness, however, calms stress levels, leading to improved health.”

The psychedelic miracle - Rolling Stone
Currently – legally – we're in the midst of a psychedelic renaissance. New York University, the University of New Mexico, the University of Zurich, Johns Hopkins University, the University of Alabama and the University of California-Los Angeles have all partnered with the psilocybin-focused Heffter Research Institute, studying the compound for smoking cessation, alcoholism, terminal-cancer anxiety and cocaine dependence....

'River on Fire' explores genius, madness and the poetry of Robert Lowell - NPR and numerous affiliates
Kay Redfield Jamison's new book describes how Lowell's manic-depressive illness influenced his life and work. "His manias tended to lead him into writing a fresh kind of poetry," she says.... She's a professor in mood disorders and psychiatry at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

Senior Nation: The Science of Forgetfulness with Dr. Constantine Lyketsos (video)
Chestertown Spy (Eastern Shore)
On March 8, the Talbot Hospice will be sponsoring a lecture by one of the leading experts in dementia and Alzheimer’s disease at Easton High School. Dr. Lyketsos, from the [Johns] Hopkins department of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, will address these issues and the devastating effects of the illness, but also promising new treatments. The Spy traveled to Baltimore to sit down with Lyketsos before the event for a primer on dementia and memory loss.

Cocaine users are more likely to have sexually transmitted diseases – for this reason
The Telegraph (U.K.)
People who regularly use cocaine are more likely to have sexually transmitted diseases than non-users. According to a new study by researchers at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, this may in part be due to a "sexual-impatience" brought on by the drug which increases the likelihood that users will not bother to use condoms.

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