“Depression and You” – a discussion at the Royal Ottawa Hospital

In light of recent events within the OCDSB community, it seemed worthwhile to share the following information:

The Royal continues to host its 2011 information series Conversations at The Royal with its next session on Thursday November 3, 2011 at 7 pm “Depression and You”.

Presenter:   Dr. Pierre Blier. Endowed Chair and Director

Mood Disorders Research Unit, The Royal

Date: Thursday November 3, 2011

Registration is requested

If you would like to attend the November 3rd session, you can register by clicking HERE.

FREE admission


Major depressive disorder carries the largest burden of all diseases in middle to high income countries, ahead of cardiac disease. The most tragic outcome of depression is suicide. Every year in Canada, about 4,000 individuals of all ages die from suicide, or about 11 per day. When depression is present with another illness, like asthma or diabetes, it worsens the outcome of these co-morbid conditions.

The causes of MDD vary, but in general it is thought to occur as a combination of genetics and life stressors. Various treatments exist: from structured psychotherapy, to pharmacology, and even brain stimulation. Often, more than one has to be used at the same time. With persistent and intensive treatments, it is possible to get the vast majority of depressed patients in remission. When a return to normal functioning takes place some of the negative impacts of depression on the body can occur. For instance, persistent depression can lead to a decrease in brain volume, whereas successful treatment can actually increase brain volume.

This lecture will provide an overview of the consequences of depression as well as simple explanations on how some treatments alter brain functions to return patients from their journey into the dark days of depression to normalcy.

Time:   Presentation and Q&A Session – 7:00 to 8:30 pm

(Doors open at 6:30 pm)

Location:  Auditorium, Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre

1145 Carling Avenue

Ottawa, Ontario K1Z 7K4

For more information, please contact Sue Riley at sue.riley@theroyal.ca

Sue Riley

Community Relations, The Royal

1145 Carling Ave.,

Ottawa, ON K1Z 7K4

Office – 613.722.6521 ext 6349

Fax – 613.722.4577

Website – www.theroyal.ca