Mood disorders subject of Stanford event July 9

Seventh-annual event explores the latest in depressive and bipolar disorders

A day-long educational event on mood disorders and the latest advances will be held on July 9 at Stanford.

The seventh annual Mood Disorders Education Day is hosted by Stanford University School of Medicine's Mood Disorders Center and is open to the public.

More than 20 percent of Americans suffer from mood disorders -- depressive and bipolar disorders that cause unusual shifts in a person's mood, energy and ability to function, according to health professionals.

The Education Day program includes a presentation of recent treatment advances; stress and mood disorders; mood disorders in children and adolescents; sleep and mood disorders; the influences of genetics and environment on mood disorders and the Stanford Mood Disorders Center and its work as part of the National Network of Depression Centers, a consortium of institutions focused on depressive and bipolar disorders.

Speakers include professionals from the Stanford clinic, the National Network, the National Alliance on Mental Illness and the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance.

The event is open to patients, caregivers, educators and community members. Admission is free, but preregistration is required.

Significant progress has been made in diagnosis and treatment of bipolar disorder over the last year with the development of the consortium, said Terence Ketter, M.D., professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences and director of the Stanford Bipolar Disorders Clinic.

The event takes place at the William R. Hewlett Teaching Center, 370 Serra Mall, Stanford, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and includes a continental breakfast and lunch. For registration and more information, visit or contact Natalie Portillo at 650-498-4968 or

Sue Dremann

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Posted by Gethin
a resident of Midtown
on Jul 6, 2011 at 2:48 pm

Dr. Ketter is a visionary in this field, at the very cutting edge of progressive treatments. He is an excellent speaker, able to clearly convey the issues at hand, all with his own dry sense of humor. If you are interested and available I would recommend attending.

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Posted by PAPD-Critic
a resident of Barron Park
on Jul 7, 2011 at 7:35 am

I think the Palo Alto entire city council and the PAPD should be required to attend.

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