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University of Iowa News Release

Sept. 14, 2005

Community Program To Focus On Women And Depression

Women and depression will be the topic of a free, community seminar beginning at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 6, at the Holiday Inn Conference Center, located at 1220 First Ave. in Coralville.

Robin Kopelman, M.D., associate, and Scott Stuart, M.D., professor, both from the University of Iowa Department of Psychiatry and UI Behavioral Health, will present the seminar as part of the "Health For Your Lifetime" series sponsored by University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.

Life is full of emotional "ups" and "downs." However, when the "down" times are long lasting or interfere with a person's ability to function, he or she may have a common but serious illness such as depression.

Clinical depression affects mood, mind, body and behavior. Research has shown that in the United States about 19 million people - one in 10 adults - experience depression each year, and nearly two-thirds do not get the help they need. Treatment can alleviate the symptoms in over 80 percent of the cases. Yet because it often goes unrecognized, depression continues to cause unnecessary suffering.

Depression is a pervasive and impairing illness that affects both women and men, but women experience depression at roughly twice the rate of men. Researchers continue to explore how special issues unique to women - biological, life cycle and psycho-social issues - may be associated with women's higher rate of depression.

This presentation will include discussion of:

-- Recognizing the signs of depression in women

-- Depression at different stages in a woman's life

-- Postpartum and depression

-- Steps for dealing with depression

Pre-registration is encouraged. To register, or for more information, go to www.uihealthcare.com/classes, or call UI Health Access at 384-8442 or toll-free at 800-777-8442.

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