Restoring Joy - Understanding early childhood depression could alter the course of a life

Nearly one in 10 U.S. adults is clinically depressed. Of those, approximately one-third have major depressive disorder, a long-lasting and severe form of the illness. It’s a leading cause of disability for people between the ages of 15 and 44. Even when symptoms subside, problems often recur and can periodically disable a person throughout life.

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Laughing gas studied as depression treatment

Nitrous oxide, or laughing gas, has shown early promise as a potential treatment for severe depression in patients whose symptoms don’t respond to standard therapies. The pilot study, at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, is believed to be the first research in which patients with depression were given laughing gas.

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Wilfley named Rudolph University Professor of Psychiatry

Obesity and eating disorders expert Denise E. Wilfley, PhD, has been named the inaugural Scott Rudolph University Professor of Psychiatry at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis.

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The 13th Guze Symposium on Alcoholism will be held 03/19/2015

The Guze Symposium will be hosted on Thursday, 19 March 2015. Presenters at the symposium will include experts on research related to alcohol use and dependence. Please check back with the website as additional announcements and registration information will be coming soon.

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Welcome to the Washington University, Department of Psychiatry’s website. The department has been at the forefront of psychiatric care for decades. Members of our faculty were among the first to champion the medical model of psychiatry and view psychiatric dysfunction as an interaction between genes and environment. The department and its faculty continue to be in the vanguard of both the study and treatment of mental illness. In order to prepare for the future, the department also devotes a significant amount of time and effort to the training of the next generation of clinicians and researchers. We provide training at the medical student, residency, fellowship, and pre-, and post-doctoral levels. We invite you to visit our site to learn more about our history, the faculty, and what we do to increase our understanding of nervous system function and improve the treatment of mental disorders.