November 29, 2006 08:46 ET

Conquering Depression


Attention: City Editor, Health/Medical Editor, Lifestyle Editor, Media Editor, News Editor TORONTO/ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Nov. 29, 2006) - Winter is fast approaching and so are its inevitable elements - cold temperatures, early sunset, and unfortunately for some, the "Holiday Blues," better known as Winter Depression or Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). Aligning with this time of year, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre will host a public talk entitled Conquering Depression on Wednesday, November 29. This talk will feature leading psychiatrists from Sunnybrook's distinguished Department of Psychiatry.

Depression is more than a state of mind and it is not something one can just "snap out of." It is a serious mental illness, and like any serious medical condition, it needs to be treated. Most people with depression never seek help, even though between 80 and 90 per cent of all clinically depressed people respond to treatment.

Treating depression is especially important as it severely disrupts all areas of a person's everyday life, including family relationships, friendships, and the ability to perform daily functions. At any given time, almost three million Canadians suffer from some form of serious depression. While anyone can develop depression, its effect varies depending on age and gender. Too often, when left untreated, depression leads to suicide. Eighty per cent of suicides are carried out by individuals suffering from a depressive illness.

Over 400 community members are expected to attend this event to hear Sunnybrook experts offer information on the management of depression through the appropriate treatment.

* Examining the Role of Medications for the Treatment of Depression
-Dr. Ayal Schaffer, Head, Mood Disorders Program
* Healing Depression Through Words: The Power of Psychotherapy
-Dr. Ari Zaretsky, Head Cognitive Behaviour Therapy Clinic
* Future Treatments for Depression: The New Wave
-Dr. Anthony Levitt, Chief, Department of Psychiatry

Sunnybrook plays a leadership role in geriatric and youth psychiatry. Sunnybrook's Department of Psychiatry also focuses on mood disorders across the life span, specializing in geriatric and adolescent care as well as reproductive health in women including postpartum depression.

Speak 1:1 with our psychiatry experts about the challenges of treating and overcoming major depressive disorder.

WHAT: Sunnybrook Speaker Series talk on Conquering Depression

WHEN: Wednesday, November 29, 2006
6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

WHERE: McLaughlin Auditorium, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
E Wing Ground Floor, 2075 Bayview Avenue

About the Sunnybrook Speaker Series
The Sunnybrook Speaker Series was launched in February 2004. Since then, Sunnybrook has introduced the community to a number of our leading experts through talks ranging in topic from heart disease to cancer prevention to osteoarthritis, among others.

About Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre is transforming healthcare through the dedication of its more than 10,000 staff members who provide compassionate and innovative patient focused care. An internationally recognized leader in academic research and education and an affiliation with the University of Toronto distinguishes Sunnybrook as one of Canada's premier health sciences centres. Sunnybrook specializes in caring for newborns, adults and the elderly, treating and preventing cancer, heart disease, orthopaedic and arthritic conditions and traumatic injuries.
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Contact Information

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