March 31, 1995
Media Contact: Michael Purdy
Phone: (410) 955-8725
E-mail: mpurdy@welchlink.welch.jhu.edu

Martha Manning had it all: a successful career as a psychologist, a loving husband, and a happy, healthy daughter. Still, she found herself wrestling with debilitating bouts of depression that led to thoughts of suicide.

Her recently released and widely praised book, "Undercurrents," describes her battles with depression and her eventual successful treatment through the still-controversial technique of electroconvulsive therapy.

She will discuss her experiences at the ninth annual Mood Disorders Research and Education Symposium on April 25 at The Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions.

The symposium has two goals: helping scientists and mental health professionals learn more about the latest research into depression and related mood disorders; and increasing public awareness and acceptance of these disorders.

Other highlights of the symposium include a presentation on the epidemiology of depression by Myrna Weissman, Ph.D., distinguished professor of psychiatry and epidemiology at Columbia University; and a presentation on the impact of alcoholism and drug abuse on bipolar disorder by Mauricio Tohen, M.D., an associate professor of psychiatry at Harvard University.

Johns Hopkins professor of psychiatry Kay Redfield Jamison, M.D., an authority on the relationship between emotional disorders and the artistic temperament, will continue her series of psychological profiles of famous artists. This year, Jamison will look at the influence of mood disorders on the 19th century English poet John Keats.

The Mood Disorders Research and Education Symposium is sponsored by the Johns Hopkins Affective Disorders Unit and the Depression and Related Affective Disorders Association (DRADA). It lasts from noon to 7 p.m. on April 25 in Hopkins' Turner Auditorium.

The symposium is open to the public, who can register to attend by calling (410) 955-4647. Media can arrange to cover the symposium by contacting me at (410) 955-8725.

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