April 17, 1996
Media Contact:Michael Purdy
Phone (410) 955-8725

Drew Carey, star of ABC's "The Drew Carey Show," discusses his personal struggles with depression at the 10th annual Mood Disorders Research and Education Symposium, sponsored by the Johns Hopkins Affective Disorders Unit and the Depression and Related Affective Disorders Association (DRADA).

"Carey's career has skyrocketed in the last two years; his sitcom is the most successful new series on ABC this season," says Ray DePaulo, M.D., a Hopkins professor of psychiatry and director of the Affective Disorders Unit.

The symposium lasts from 1 to 7 p.m. on April 23 in Hopkins' Turner Auditorium. The symposium is designed to help scientists and mental health professionals learn of the latest research in depression and related mood disorders; and increase public acceptance of these disorders.

Other speakers include Rose Styron, a poet whose husband, author William Styron, has been treated for depression. William Styron won the Pulitzer Prize in 1968 for the novel "The Confessions of Nat Turner." His novel "Sophie's Choice" was adapted as a movie in 1982; and in 1990 he wrote a memoir, "Darkness Visible," about a period of depression. Rose Styron will present "A Family Member's Perspective" at this year's DRADA meeting.

Johns Hopkins Professor of Psychiatry Kay Redfield Jamison, Ph.D., an authority on the relationship between mood 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 F. Scott Fitzgerald, discussing his autobiographical essay "The Crack-Up" and the impact its publication had on him and his associates.

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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