Each year I try to attend the Johns Hopkins Annual Mood Disorders Research and Education Symposium because there I learn from the top experts in the field and gain evidence-based information that I can pass along to you. Hopkins holds a special place in my heart because it was my consultation at the Mood Disorders Center in 2006 that initiated my road to recovery after years of experimenting with various treatments. In that room, I was introduced to the physician that has kept me well for over twelve years, one of the most influential people in my life.
When people ask me for advice on how to treat a mood disorder I always urge them to go a teaching hospital for the best psychiatric care, where you will find physicians conducting research on new therapies and medications to treat depression, tackling complex conditions by drawing from their own collection of data. In those classrooms and labs, evidence-based information is produced – the gold that leads to emotional resilience, health, and wellness.
If you live in the Mid-Atlantic region, consider attending the 32nd Annual Mood Disorders Research and Education Symposium held on Tuesday, April 24, 2018 from 1-5 p.m. at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (Thomas B. Turner Auditorium). Registration begins at 11:30 a.m.
Each year the Symposium strives to improve knowledge and treatment of mood disorders, introducing professionals, patients, and family members to recognized experts in the field of psychiatry and behavioral sciences. The mission of this event is to educate the public on mental illness in a way that empowers them to find the right treatment for themselves, their loved ones, and their patients.
Meet the Speakers
Presenters for this year’s Symposium include this impressive round-up of luminaries:
- Daniel L. Buccinno, LCSW-C, BCD is the Clinical Director at the Johns Hopkins Broadway Center for Addiction and the Co-founder and Director of Johns Hopkins Civility Initiative. He has published on the effectiveness of psychotherapy and educates parents on strategies to improve child behavior and family cohesion.
- Bernadette Anne M. Cullen, M.B.B.Ch., M.D. is the Director of the Community Psychiatry Program and Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Johns Hopkins University of Medicine. She has published studies on obsessive compulsive disorder and has expertise on anxiety disorders, bipolar disorder, and community psychiatry.
- James Potash, MD, MPH returned to Johns Hopkins as Director of Psychiatry and Psychiatrist-in-Chief in 2017. Prior to that he was Chair and Department Executive Officer of the University of Iowa Department of Psychiatry. Dr. Potash’s work has focused on the investigation of the genetic and epigenetic basis of mood disorders—depression and bipolar disorder.
- Kay Redfield Jamison, Ph.D. is the Dalio Family Professor in Mood Disorders in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavior Sciences at Johns Hopkins. Dr. Jamison is perhaps this country’s most famous writer about manic-depressive illness. Her books, articles, and public appearances not only help patients, they have raised society’s consciousness.
- Raymond DePaulo, Jr., M.D. is a University Distinguished Service Professor and Co-Director of the Mood Disorder Center in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He is also the Chairperson of the Board of Directors of the National Network of Depression Centers (NNDC.org).
- Karen L. Swartz, M.D. is the Medical Director of the Mood Disorders Research and Education Symposium, the Medical Director of the Adult Mood Disorders Services at Johns Hopkins Hospital, the Clinical Director of the Mood Disorders Clinic, and Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.
- Meg Hutchinson is a nationally touring songwriter, poet and recording artist with Red House Records. She has released eight albums and won numerous songwriting awards in the United States, Ireland, and the United Kingdom. She will be interviewed with her sister, Tessa Hutchinson.
An Event for Professionals, Patients, and Families
The Symposium is an opportunity for mental-health professionals to add to their knowledge base and to absorb cutting-edge research. While it is not a CME sponsored event and does not provide certificates for attendance, licensing bodies within the state will accept the Symposium in Category II (but registrants need to refer to their licensing body to determine the type of credit and the documentation they require). The associated costs with providing CME credit have become too great, and the goal was to make the Symposium as affordable as possible.
This event also addresses the needs of patients and families, taking into consideration their questions and concerns. You will hear the valuable perspectives of a family living with a psychiatric illness. It is a safe place where those battling different kinds of mood disorders and family members can connect with each other, share stories, and build a support network.
Mood & Music: Robert Lowell–Poet and Patient
The day after the Symposium, the Johns Hopkins Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and the John Hopkins Mood Disorders Center are hosting another event, Mood & Music: Robert Lowell–Poet and Patient on Wednesday, April 25, at 5:00 p.m. at Hurd Hall, that celebrates the life and literature of Robert Lowell.
Kay Redfield Jamison will speak about Lowell’s work, how his mania impacted his writing, as well as the relationship between bipolar disorder and the creative process. Other featured speakers and musicians include Sir Andrew Motion, former Poet Laureate of the United Kingdom, and singer-songwriter Meg Hutchinson.
The event is free but registration is required.