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18th Annual Depression Symposium Features Acclaimed Author and Psychologist

MEDIA CONTACT: Trent Stockton
PHONE: 410-955-8665


Nell Casey, editor of Unholy Ghost: Writers on Depression, a collection of famous authors’ personal accounts of their own, or a family member’s, battles with depression will be a featured speaker at the annual symposium sponsored by the Johns Hopkins Affective Disorders Clinic, DRADA, the Depression and Related Affective Disorders Association, and the Institute for Johns Hopkins Nursing.

The symposium date is Thursday, April 15, 2004, with talks from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. in Johns Hopkins’ Turner Auditorium.

Casey will present “A Family Member’s Perspective” at the symposium, discussing the challenges and emotions of care-giving for a sister with bipolar disorder.

Noted Johns Hopkins psychologist, best-selling author and MacArthur Prize winner Kay Redfield Jamison, Ph.D., will also speak at the symposium.

Jamison, through her lectures, books, and scientific papers, has illuminated for both general and scientific audiences the often devastating consequences of mood disorders, while helping to demystify public perceptions of psychiatric disease.  She was selected as one of five individuals for the public television series “Great Minds of Medicine,” and chosen by TIME magazine as a “Hero of Medicine.”  Her books include Touched with Fire: Manic-Depressive Illness and the Artistic Temperament (1993), An Unquiet Mind (1995), and Night Falls Fast: Understanding Suicide (1999).  She is also co-author of an influential medical text on bipolar disorder, Manic-Depressive Illness.  Her presentation is titled, “The Moods and Temperament of Winston Churchill.”

Every year for the past 18 years, DRADA and Johns Hopkins have offered the symposium to raise public awareness of severe depression and bipolar disorder (manic depression) with the help of national figures or celebrities. Hundreds of patients, family members and physicians attending the symposium learn about the latest research as well as ways to cope with mood disorders.

"Millions of Americans suffer needlessly from undiagnosed depression or manic-depressive illness," says J. Raymond DePaulo Jr., M.D., chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Hopkins and the author of  a book called Understanding Depression.  "Eighty percent of them could be treated successfully."

To arrange press coverage, call Trent Stockton at 410-955-8665.  The Johns Hopkins Turner Auditorium is located at 720 Rutland Avenue, Baltimore, MD.

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