Women's Mental Health Symposium

Women's Mental Health Symposium
DATE/TIME: SATURDAY, JAN. 25, 7:45 A.M. - 3:10 P.M.

PLACE: University Medical Center, DuVal Auditorium 1501 N. Campbell Ave., Tucson

MEDICAL WRITERS/ASSIGNMENT EDITORS NOTE: Media are welcome to attend and cover this event, which is open to the public. A copy of the conference program is available at http://www.psychiatry.arizona.edu/files/WMH_brochure.pdf  Speakers will be available for interviews prior to and immediately following the conference, as well as during breaks.

Current mental health care issues specific to women will be addressed at the Women's Mental Health Symposium, Saturday, Jan. 25, 7:45 a.m. to 3:10 p.m., at University Medical Center, DuVal Auditorium, Tucson.
While both genders are burdened by the tremendous personal and financial toll that mental illness exacts, females suffer in higher numbers from certain conditions. For instance, women are affected twice as often as men by most forms of depression and anxiety disorders, and nine times as often by eating disorders.

"Women suffer more than men from depression and anxiety disorders," says Marlene Freeman, MD, director of the Women's Mental Health Research Program at the UA College of Medicine and assistant professor of psychiatry. "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."

Sponsored by the Women's Mental Health Research Program at the UA College of Medicine, the symposium is open to all specialties of health care providers, including physicians, psychologists, pharmacists, nurses and midwives, as well as health care advocates, interested community members and students. This year, an award, "Hero in Women's Mental Health," will be presented to a person who has displayed pioneering efforts and had a positive impact in women's mental health.

Conference topics include an overview of women's mood disorders, chronic depression, stress management, postpartum depression, domestic violence, fibromyalgia, Alzheimer's disease, anxiety disorders, menopause and hormone replacement, eating disorders, sex differences in emotional awareness and mental health, women's health research and an update of the Women's Mental Health Program.