Moody Kids… Understanding Adolescent Depression and Hyperactivity
Dr. Nassir Ghaemi
November 13, 7:00 – 8:30pm
Ottoson Middle School Cafetorium
Parents of students in Pre k-12
What is adolescent depression? How does it differ from general adolescent moodiness? Come and discuss how hyperactivity differs from normal behaviors, and how it can be caused by ADHD versus mood disorders. We’ll also assess how Risk factors for suicidality in teen populations will also be highlighted. Dr. Ghaemi will provide parents with current epidemiological statistics on these mental health phenomena. Parents will be offered practical tools for identifying these problems and sensible solutions for early intervention.
Presentor: Nassir Ghaemi, MD, MPH is an academic psychiatrist specializing in mood illnesses, especially bipolar disorder. He is Professor of Psychiatry and Pharmacology at Tufts Medical Center in Boston, where he directs the Mood Disorders Program. He is also a Clinical Lecturer at Harvard Medical School, and teaches resident psychiatrists at the Cambridge Health Alliance.
Dr. Ghaemi has trained and worked mostly in the Boston area during his career, mainly in Harvard-affiliated hospitals (McLean Hospital, Massachusetts General Hospital, and Cambridge Hospital). He has also practiced at George Washington University and Emory University. His medical degree is from the Medical College of Virginia/Virginia Commonwealth University. He also holds a masters degree in Philosophy from Tufts University and a Masters in Public Health from Harvard University.
His clinical work and research has focused on depression and manic-depressive illness. In this work, he has published over 100 scientific articles, over 30 scientific book chapters, and has written or edited a number of books. His New York Times best-selling book, “A First Rate Madness: Uncovering the Links Between Mental Illness and Leadership” was featured on The Colbert Report on Comedy Central in August 2011. He serves on a number of editorial boards of psychiatric journals, and he is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. He has also served as a volunteer consultant to many psychiatric support and education groups over his career. Dr. Ghaemi publishes articles for Psychology Today in a blog called “Mood Swings.”
Dr. Ghaemi has one child who has attended and one child who is currently attending Arlington Public Schools.