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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 Michigan Medicine health system, in order to make this a truly community-wide forum.


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The Adolescent Brain: Substance Use, Depression, and Recovery

March 20, 2018 | Presenter: Joanna Quigley, MD

It is common for parents to wonder, "are they just being a moody teenager?" or "isn't it normal to experiment with alcohol or drugs during adolescence?" Sometimes parents are unsure which condition, substance use or mental illness, is primary or what needs to be treated first. Understanding these developmentally specific features of depression and substance use helps with parental monitoring, understanding, responding effectively to youth, as well as knowing more about what to expect and how to discern when more help is needed. In order to address these and other dilemmas in relation to dual diagnosis in adolescence, The University of Michigan Depression Center and the Ann Arbor District Library will present a Bright Nights community forum entitled, “The Adolescent Brain: Substance Use, Depression, and Recovery” on Tuesday, March 20th, from 7:00-8:30 p.m. in the Multi-Purpose Room of the downtown Ann Arbor District Library (corner of S. Fifth Ave. and William).

About the Presenter:
Joanna Quigley, MD, Clinical Assistant Professor, Psychiatry; Associate Medical Director for Child & Adolescent Services, Ambulatory Psychiatry & University of Michigan Addiction Treatment Services (UMATS), will give a brief overview presentation reviewing the signs and symptoms of adolescent depression; signs, symptoms and impact of substance use during adolescence; the intersection of these conditions; how they influence one another and what this can mean for long term development. She will speak about the importance of early intervention and prevention, as well as response focused on education and effective dialogue.

The presentation will be followed by questions and discussion with a panel of experts including Lewei Allison Lin, MD, Addiction Psychiatrist, Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry, Research Investigator, VA Center for Clinical Management Research; Charles Graham, PhD, LMSW, Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Psychologist, University of Michigan Addiction Treatment Services (UMATS), Department of Psychiatry, Assistant Professor, Eastern Michigan University; Lorraine Shulman, LMSW, Adolescent Program Social Work Lead, University of Michigan Addiction Treatment Services, Department of Psychiatry; and parent representatives.

About the Program:
Bright Nights is open to the public and there is no charge for attendance. For more information, please visit the Depression Center website at, or contact Stephanie Salazar, 232-0330, or

Understanding Bipolar Disorder

April 25, 2018 | Presenter: Melvin McInnis, MD | Southfield, Michigan

Understanding Bipolar Disorder

May 24, 2018 | Presenter: Melvin McInnis, MD | Grosse Pointe, Michigan

Past Forums

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