For Immediate Release May 06, 2018

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May 23rd “Not All Wounds Are Visible” Event Brings Together Clinical Experts & Community Members

BALTIMORE – Depression and anxiety are the most common mental illnesses in the United States.  Each year, 40 million adults in America are affected by anxiety disorders; more than 16 million adults are affected by clinical depression.

On Wednesday, May 23rd, the University of Maryland Medical System (UMMS) and University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) are bringing together professionals in the field with community members for a discussion around these issues in the third installment of Not All Wounds are Visible: A Community Conversation; this session focuses on depression and anxiety in women and children. The event is free and is being held at the UMB Campus Center, located at 621 West Lombard Street in downtown Baltimore (across from University of Maryland Medical Center).

“Anxiety can interfere with daily activities by producing feelings of nervousness, restlessness, fear and irritability,” said Dr. Jill A. RachBeisel, Vice Chair of Clinical Affairs in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Maryland School of Medicine & University of Maryland Medical Center.   “Depression is a mood disorder that causes a persistent feeling of sadness, isolation, irritability and loss of interest in activities.  More than half of individuals struggling with anxiety or depression experience severe impairment impacting work/school performance, social and personal relationships.  Despite its treatability, millions of Americans with anxiety and depression go untreated each year.”

Presenters will highlight topics such as “Depression and Anxiety:  A Socio-Cultural Perspective”; “Childbirth, Parenting & Depression”; “Growing Up In Fear – The Impact of Community Violence and Police Interaction” and “Resilience and Recovery.”  Trena Williamson of Chestertown, MD will also share her personal story of being diagnosed with depression and the insights she has gained over the past 20-plus years to not just manage the disease, but to embrace it as part of her motivation to continue to push herself personally and professionally.

Depression & Anxiety Statistics:

  • Women are 60 percent more likely than men to experience anxiety disorder at some point in their lifetime, according to the National Institutes of Health.
  • In Maryland, about 52,000 children ages 12-17 had at least one major depressive episode per year  (SAMHSA 2013-14 stats)
  • 1 in 5 Maryland children ages 13-18 live with a mental health condition, 11 percent live with a mood disorder, 10 percent have a behavior or conduct disorder ad 8% have an anxiety disorder (NAMI)

“Not All Wounds are Visible” will provide members of the community an opportunity to engage with professionals and experts around issues of mental health, depression and anxiety and learn about tools and resources to help address them. 

Live satellite viewings will also be available at UM St. Joseph Medical Center (Towson); UM Charles Regional Medical Center (LaPlata); UM Capital Region Health (Cheverly & Laurel) and UM Upper Chesapeake Health (Bel Air).

Previous sessions of “Not All Wounds Are Visible – A Community Conversation” have focused on “Mental Health and Substance Abuse” (June 2017) and “Addiction and Substance Abuse” (November 2017). A fourth session, “Depression & Anxiety – Impact on the Family”, with a focus on men and seniors, is planned for November 28th.

For more information or to register for the free “Not All Wounds are Visible” event, please visit: https://www.umms.org/community/community-conversations or call 1-800-492-5538.

About the University of Maryland Medical System

The University of Maryland Medical System (UMMS) is an academic-based health system providing primary and specialty care in more than 150 locations across 12 Maryland counties, with more than 4,000 physicians and 24,000 employees.  Our hospitals include the flagship academic downtown campus University of Maryland Medical Center and nine affiliated acute care hospitals serving urban, suburban and rural communities: UMMC Midtown Campus, UM Baltimore Washington Medical Center, UM Charles Regional Medical Center, UM Harford Memorial Hospital, UM Shore Regional Health (campuses in Chestertown, Dorchester & Easton), UM St. Joseph Medical Center and University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake Medical Center.  UMMS hospitals benefit from the University of Maryland School of Medicine’s world-renowned faculty, innovative and cutting-edge medicine and research. UMMS also operates two specialty hospitals - University of Maryland Rehabilitation & Orthopaedic Institute and the Mt. Washington Pediatric Hospital (a joint venture with Johns Hopkins Medicine), as well as the freestanding UM Shore Emergency Center at Queenstown and the UM Shore Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Chestertown, UM Community Medical Group, University of Maryland Medical System Health Plans for Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries and the UM Quality Care Network.

About the University of Maryland, Baltimore

Founded in 1807, the University of Maryland, Baltimore is Maryland’s only public health, law, and human services university, dedicated to excellence in education, research, clinical care, and public service. UMB enrolls 6,500 students in six nationally ranked professional schools — medicine, law, dentistry, pharmacy, nursing, and social work — and an interdisciplinary Graduate School. The university provides more than $40 million each year in uncompensated care to Maryland citizens, and receives more than $500 million in extramural research funding annually. For more information about the University of Maryland, Baltimore visit www.umaryland.edu.

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