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Bright Nights Community Forums

The University of Michigan Depression Center’s Bright Nights™ public forum series gives community members the opportunity to obtain up-to-date information on a variety of topics related to depression. The forums are designed to allow for discussion and Q & A between audience members and expert panelists.

Each forum begins with an overview of the evening's topic, presented by an expert from the Depression Center, followed by a Q & A and discussion session between the audience and panel. The panels are comprised of the Depression Center content expert and additional panelists, including participants from outside of the U-M Health System, in order to make this a truly community-wide forum.


Understanding Electroconvulsive Therapy

September 20, 2016 | 7:00 - 8:30 PM

Downtown Ann Arbor District Library Multi-Purpose Room

Depression is a brain disease that is pervasive in our population, affecting over 20 million American adults. When detected early, it can have high recovery rates. However there remain a small percentage of patients with serious psychiatric illnesses for whom typical medication or psychotherapy treatments are not effective. One potential treatment option for patients with severe depression who fail to respond to medications or who are unable to tolerate the side effects associated with the medications is electroconvulsive therapy (ECT).

Developed over 75 years ago, use of ECT declined in the 1960s and 1970s due to misperceptions about the treatment and the advent of modern antidepressant medications. ECT, however, never went away because of the profound effect it has on the most severe mental illness syndromes. Due to significant improvements in the way the treatment is administered, it is safer and more tolerable for patients as modern strategies help cut down on memory side effects. Depression is the most common condition treated with ECT, but other syndromes such as bipolar mania, psychosis, or catatonia symptoms also respond well to ECT.

To learn more about ECT and how it may be used to treat severely ill patients, the University of Michigan Depression Center and the Ann Arbor District Library will present a Bright Nights community forum entitled, "Understanding Electroconvulsive Therapy" on Tuesday, September 20, from 7:00-8:30 p.m. in the Multi-Purpose of the downtown Ann Arbor District Library (corner of S. Fifth Ave. and William).

Daniel Maixner, MD, Associate Professor and ECT Program Director at the University of Michigan, will give a brief overview presentation outlining the current research, advancements, and the benefits and side effects of the procedure. This will be followed by questions and discussion with a panel of experts including Wael Shamseddeen, MD, MPH, Assistant Clinical Professor, U-M Department of Psychiatry; and David Belmonte, MD, MS, Clinical Assistant Professor, U-M Department of Psychiatry.

Topic TBA

November 15, 2016 | 7:00 - 8:30 PM

Downtown Ann Arbor District Library Multi-Purpose Room

Topic TBA

March 28, 2017 | 7:00 - 8:30 PM

Downtown Ann Arbor District Library Multi-Purpose Room