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April 18, 2005


Actor Ben Gazzara, journalist Paul Raeburn, and psychologist Kay Redfield Jamison are featured speakers at the annual symposium Wednesday, April 20, sponsored by the Johns Hopkins Mood Disorders Clinic, the Depression and Related Affective Disorders Association (DRADA), and the Institute for Johns Hopkins Nursing.   Thomas R. Insel, M.D., director of the National Institute of Mental Health, will also speak at the symposium.

The symposium, with talks from 12:50 p.m. to 6 p.m., takes place in Johns Hopkins’ Turner Auditorium, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, 720 Rutland Avenue, Baltimore, Md.

Ben Gazzara will give “A Patient’s Perspective,” and will discuss his battle with depression.  The Golden Globe-nominated actor starred in Road House (1989), Buffalo ’66, Happiness, The Big Lebowski (all in 1998), The Thomas Crown Affair (1999), Spike Lee’s Summer of Sam (1999), and Dogville (2003), as well as numerous other movies and Broadway productions.  He also is the author of In the Moment: My Life as an Actor (2004).

Noted Johns Hopkins psychologist, best-selling author and MacArthur Prize-winner Kay Redfield Jamison, Ph.D., 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), Night Falls Fast: Understanding Suicide (1999), and Exuberance: The Passion for Life (2004).  She is also co-author of an influential medical text on bipolar disorder, Manic-Depressive Illness.  Her presentation is titled “Marie Curie.”

A former Associated Press science editor and senior editor at Business Week, Paul Raeburn is the award-winning author of Acquainted with the Night: A Parent’s Quest to Understand Depression and Bipolar Disorder in his Children (2004). He will speak on “A Family Member’s Perspective.”
Each year, DRADA and Johns Hopkins have convened the symposium to raise public awareness of clinical depression and bipolar disorder (so-called manic depression) with the help of well-known experts and 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."

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