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Smooth Sailing reports about professional presentations at symposiums co-sponsored by DRADA, and articles from Smooth Sailing and other publications.
Depression and the Brain by J. Raymond DePaulo Jr., M.D., Professor of Psychiatry, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
The need for more brain research to unlock the mysteries of depression was addressed in a talk by J. Raymond DePaulo Jr., M.D. at a conference sponsored by the Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives. Dr. DePaulo discussed the relationship of genetic research, brain imaging and medication for depression. Dr. DePaulo is a professor of psychiatry at the Johns Hopkins University School and Medicine and on the board of directors of the Depression and Related Affective Disorders Association (DRADA).
The Manic Panic Connection
Dean F. MacKinnon, M.D., Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Dr MacKinnon provides details about research on the relationship of bipolar disorder and panic attacks.
Bipolar Illness: What Is Different about Young People
Gabrielle A. Carlson, M.D., Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics, Director of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, State University of New York at Stonybrook
Dr. Carlson discusses the many ways in which bipolar illness in young people differs from that in adults.
How to Evaluate Your Psychiatrist or Other Therapist If You Have (Or Possibly Have) a Depressive Disorder by John R. Lipsey, M.D., Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.
This article, originally appearing in Smooth Sailing, has been reprinted several times in response to popular demand and now is available here on the home page.
Am I Depressed? by David W. Goodman, M.D., Clinical Instructor in Psychiatry, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
A practicing clinician provides his perspective on how individuals can identify the symptoms of depression in themselves. It particularly addresses situations where depression has been previously diagnosed and treated and the individual is concerned about whether the depression is returning.
Pharmacological Treatment of Mood Disorders
David M. Goldstein, M.D., Director of the Mood Disorders Program, Georgetown University Medical Center.
A comprehensive review of the medications for both depression and manic depression written for our home page.
Treating the Illness
Andrew Feinberg, M.D., Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavior, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
A clinician's perspective on out-patient treatment
Melvin McGinnis, M.D., Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavior, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.
A review of the symptoms and diagnosis of Schizoaffective Disorder.
Neurobiology of Cyclic Affective Illness: Implications for Treatment.
Robert M. Post, M.D., Chief, Biological Psychiatry Branch, National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH).
Discussion of research showing neurobiological changes following traumatic life events and implications of research findings for cycles of depressive episodes.
Seasonal Affective Disorder
Norman E. Rosenthal. M.D., Chief, Section of Environmental Psychiatry, Clinical Psychobiology Branch, National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH).
A discussion of the pioneering research that established the existence of seasonal affective disorder and the effectiveness of light treatment.
Treatment Options in Bipolar Disorder
Charles L. Bowden M.D., Deputy Chairman and Chief, Division of Biological Psychiatry, University of Texas Health Science Center. (1996)
Effectiveness of medications relating to subtypes of bipolar disorder.
Affective Disorders and Pregnancy
Sylvia Simpson, M.D., Associate Professor Psychiatry, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (1995)
Risk factors and treatments of bipolar disorder and depression during pregnancy and postpartum period.
Schizophrenia Vs Mood Disorder: A Puzzle Solved?
Godfrey Pearlson, M.D. Department of Psychiatry, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. (1996)
Findings showing distinctly different brain structures in bipolar patients and in schizophrenia patients.
Recent Findings in the Genetics of Bipolar Disorder
J. Raymond DePaulo, M.D., Professor of Psychiatry, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (1996)
Findings relating to Chromosome 18 and a difference in paternal and maternal transmission.
Genetic Advances: Addition by Division,
Francis J. McMahon, M.D., Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (1997)
Findings indicating subtypes of bipolar illness ties to different genes.
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