Women's Moods The Topic of UConn Conference
(Released: October 1, 2002)
By Janice Palmer, Office of University Communications
STORRS, Conn. -- What causes women's moods? The topic, often
the source of misunderstanding and ridicule, will be the theme of
16th Women's Health Update on Thursday, Oct.
The conference, sponsored by the University of Connecticut's
School of Nursing, the UConn Women's Center and CIGNA
HealthCare of Connecticut, will be held at La Renaissance in East
Windsor from 3:30 - 7:30 p.m.
"We hope this event will provide answers and reassurances
at a time when most women's lives and moods are being pushed to
new extremes," says Laura Dzurec, dean of the School of
Nursing. "Scientific progress has enhanced our understanding
of hormones, brain function and the effects of some medicines on
mood, and we feel it is important to share these latest advances
with our community."
Lt. Gov. M. Jodi Rell, who recently chaired the governor's
task force on maternal depression, will be among the speakers.
Another task force member will join her on the podium. Cheryl
Beck is a professor of nursing at UConn who has received
international recognition for work on postpartum mood disorders and
the development of the Postpartum Depression Screening Scale.
Beck's presentation will focus on a variety of disorders
including postpartum depression, psychosis, panic disorder and
obsessive compulsive disorder. She will also talk about the issues
and controversies in screening for the disorders.
Jeanne Watson Driscoll, a certified adult psychiatric-mental
health clinical nurse specialist in private practice, will present
"Hormones, Stress, and the Brain." She will explain why a
woman's unique brain chemistry makes her vulnerable to mood and
anxiety problems and will emphasize the importance of self-care.
Driscoll is author of a book, Women's Moods, and is
co-founder and a principle of the Hestia Institute: Center for
Women and Families, in Wellesley, Mass., which focuses on the
psychiatric assessment, intervention, treatment, consultation and
research regarding women's emotional well being and mental
Nancy Valentine is CIGNA HealthCare's national nurse
executive in medical and health policy. In her presentation,
"Moods, Blues and Depression Across the Life Spectrum,"
Valentine will discuss the opportunities women have to set the
managed care agenda.
The conference will be capped-off by Regina Barreca, a renowned
author and humorist who will present her views on how a
mother's triumphs, struggles and laughter shapes her
daughter's life and destiny.
Barreca is a professor of English and feminist theory at UConn
and the author of seven books. The conference's first 300
registrants will receive a free copy of Barreca's newest book,
Don't Tell Mama: The Penguin Book of Italian American
Registration begins at 2:30 p.m. and the conference kicks off an
hour later. Dinner will be served at 5:30 p.m., followed by
Barreca's presentation. The cost of the event is $50. To
reserve a seat, please contact the UConn School of Nursing (860)
486-3716 or the Women's Center (860) 486-4738.
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