Women's Mental Health Symposium

<p>Women's Mental Health Symposium</p>

Women's Mental Health Symposium

Sponsored by the UA Department of Psychiatry
When: SATURDAY, JAN. 10, 2004, 8 A.M. to 2:30 P.M.

Where: Westward Look Resort, 245 E. Ina Road, Tucson

Cost: $30 prior to Dec. 15; $50 after Dec. 15

Information Conference Line: Mary Dickinson, UA Department of Psychiatry, (520) 626-1392 or visit web site address http://www.psychiatry.arizona.edu

Health experts from the University of Arizona Health Sciences Center (AHSC) will present the third annual Women's Mental Health Symposium Saturday, Jan. 10, 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., at the Westward Look Resort, 245 E. Ina Road.
"Women suffer more than men from depression and anxiety disorders," says Marlene Freeman, MD, Director of the Women's Mental Health Research Program at AHSC. "Due to stigma and lack of knowledge, depression and anxiety disorders often are not detected or treated. Untreated depression in mothers has negative effects on their children. And treatments in women must take into account issues concerning pregnancy, postpartum and menopause."

The World Health Organization estimates that in developed nations, mental disorders and suicide account for 15 percent of the burden of disease - more than all cancers combined. In the United States, mental illness affects an estimated 40 million adults and as many as 9 million children and adolescents. Suicide is the nation's eighth-leading cause of death. Although both genders are burdened by the tremendous personal and financial toll that mental illness exacts, females suffer in higher numbers from certain conditions. Women are affected twice as often as men are by most forms of depression and anxiety disorders, and nine times as often by eating disorders.

The topics and presenters for the Jan. 10 symposium are:

8:15 to 9 a.m. -- Update on the Women's Mental Health Program and Overview of Women's Mood Disorders, Marlene Freeman, MD

9 to 9:45 a.m. -- Women's Health Research at the University of Arizona - Marietta Anthony, PhD, AHSC Associate Vice President for Women's Health

10 to 10:45 a.m. -- Depression Through the Life Cycle: An Epidemic in Women, Katherine Wisner, MD

10:45 to 11 a.m. - Award Presentation for "Hero in Women's Mental Health." Patty Weiss, anchor, KVOA-TV "Eyewitness News," will present the award to Laura Lawless, a former Miss Arizona (2002) and advocate for mental health issues
11:15 a.m. to noon - Breakout Sessions I: Risk of Depression (Francisco Moreno, MD); Stress and Pregnancy (Gayle Masterson, MD); Domestic Violence (Doris Sisk, MSW, CISW); Headaches and Women (Steven Galper, MD)

12:45 to 1:30 p.m. - Breakout Sessions II: Fibromyalgia: An Integrative Medicine Approach (Iris Bell, MD, PhD); Women and Dementia (Geoffrey Ahern, MD, PhD); Sleep Disorders (Joanna Katsanis, PhD)

1:30 to 2:15 p.m. - Breakout Sessions III: Emotional Awareness: Differences Between Men and Women (Richard Lane, MD, PhD); Issues in Menopause and Hormone Replacement (Ruth Reiter, RNC); Stress Management (Barbara Cowen, LCSW, MSW)

UA Women's Mental Health Program Seeks Donations to Continue Care
Dedicated to quality patient care and public education, the UA Women's Mental Health Program focuses on: postpartum depression; depression and anxiety during pregnancy; preconception and pregnancy planning for women; psychiatric medications; perimenopausal depression; hormone replacement therapy and impact on mental health; premenstrual dysphoric disorder; and bipolar disorder in women.
The Program aims to provide care assessments to pregnant and postpartum women regardless of a patient's ability to pay. Because many women either lack health insurance or have insufficient coverage, the Program is seeking donations so that it can continue to provide low-cost treatment to pregnant and postpartum women in need.

For information, please contact the Conference Information line, (520) 626-1392 or visit web site address http://www.psychiatry.arizona.edu  

UA Designated National Center of Excellence in Women's Health
The UA recently received the prestigious designation as a National Center of Excellence in Women's Health, a major federal initiative to advance women's health care. For more information, please visit: http://www.womenshealth.arizona.edu