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The Johns Hopkins 26th Annual Mood Disorders Research/Education Symposium | NNDC

The Johns Hopkins 26th Annual Mood Disorders Research/Education Symposium

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Mood Disorders are among the most common illnesses in the world. An estimated 20 percent of adults suffer from depression or bipolar disorder. Mood disorders are also one of the leading causes of disability worldwide. Despite the availability of effective treatments, the majority of individuals never receive adequate treatment. There is a critical need for improved knowledge about mood disorders including barriers to care, factors that interfere with remaining in care, and the complexity of the diseases. A major factor contributing to poor treatment outcomes is under recognition of comorbid conditions such as alcohol abuse, substance abuse, and anxiety disorders. Each year the Mood Disorders Research/Education Symposium strives to improve knowledge about and treatment of mood disorders. This year the Symposium’s theme is “The Many Faces of Depression." Speakers have been selected to address the diverse and complex patterns of presentation of depression and bipolar disorder that complicate diagnosis as well as emerging treatments to address these illnesses.

One area of emerging knowledge has been in the recognition of the role that diversity plays in illness. Dr. Pamela Collins, Director of the Office for Research on Disparities and Global Mental and the Health Director of the Office of Rural Mental Health Research at the National Institute of Mental Health/NIH will address the commonalities and particulars of depression as it relates to diverse ethnic groups. There has also been a dramatic expansion of our understanding of complicated presentations of mood disorders. Dr. Francis Mondimore, Associate Clinical Director in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at The Johns Hopkins Hospital, a recognized expert in the treatment of mood disorders, will discuss the wide range of clinical presentations of mood disorders and the implication of this for diagnosis and treatment. Advances are also occurring in the area of child and adolescent psychiatry. Dr. John Walkup, Vice Chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Director of the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center will address the clinical presentation of depression in teens, and the opportunities and challenges that clinicians face in treating adolescents with mood disorders. Comments from previous Symposium attendees underscore the need for more knowledge about psychotherapy treatment options. Dr. Jesse Wright, Medical Director of the University of Louisville Depression Center will address “Using Computer Technology and Self-Help in Psychotherapy for Depression.” Dr. Kay Redfield Jamison, an internationally recognized author and Professor of Psychiatry at Johns Hopkins, will discuss “Writers and the Many Faces of Depression.” Additionally, a family member of someone with a history of a mood disorder will be interviewed by Dr. J. Raymond DePaulo, Jr. the symposium’s founder. Finally, Dr. Karen Swartz, will interview an individual with bipolar disorder to demonstrate methods of examination and to review the signs and symptoms of mood disorders; she will also discuss experiences with treatment and the impact that illness has had on her life. She will also discuss her commitment to the arts and education as a method for addressing stigma.


After attending this activity, the participant will demonstrate the ability to:
Relate comprehensive and current information to patients and family members to help them cope and recover from these mood disorders
Discuss the influences of culture in diagnosing mood disorders in diverse populations and culturally-based challenges in treatment
Explore how patients with mood disorders can be mistakenly diagnosed with ADHD, borderline personality disorder, and other psychiatric problems and lay out principles for accurate diagnosis
Increase knowledge about the clinical presentation and treatment of mood disorders in children and adolescents
Discuss advancements in mood disorders research and treatment utilizing computer assisted technologies


We recommend that participants carpool and use public transportation (bus, Metro, Light Rail, MARC and taxi) directly to the Johns Hopkins Medical Campus since parking for CME participants is very limited.

Telephone number for bus, Metro, Light Rail and MARC: (410) 539-5000 or (800) 543-9809

PLEASE NOTE: If you plan to drive, participants should use the satellite parking lot at 3700 East Monument Street (current rate is $5 per day) and take the complimentary shuttle directly to and from the Turner Building. Only those vehicles with handicapped license plates will be able to park in the Rutland garage, which is entered from Madison Street. Visit our website for driving/parking directions: www.HopkinsCME.edu.


Attendees have the option to purchase a box lunch at $10 each, which includes a choice of a Turkey and American Cheese, Ham and Swiss Cheese, or Tuna Salad Sandwich, or Grilled Vegetable Wrap, chips, whole fruit, cookie and choice of drink. Please indicate your preference on the registration form. Box lunches must be pre-ordered. No on-site orders will be accepted.

Policy On Speaker And Provider Disclosure
It is the policy of the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine that the speaker and provider disclose real or apparent conflicts of interest relating to the topics of this educational activity, and also disclose discussions of unlabeled/unapproved uses of drugs or devices during their presentation(s). Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine OCME has established policies in place that will identify and resolve all conflicts of interest prior to this educational activity. Detailed disclosure will be made in the activity handout materials.


Posted to Archived News on February 22, 2012