New UPMC Web Site Offers Online Resource For Older Individuals With Mental Health Problems And Their Families

Apr 25, 2001, 01:00 ET from UPMC Health System

    PITTSBURGH, April 25 /PRNewswire/ -- A new web site for the Late-Life
 Depression Evaluation and Treatment Center at UPMC Health System offers a way
 for older adults to connect with information about mental health problems and
 find help.
      The site, http://www.latelifedepression.org, provides detailed
 information on many common geriatric mental health problems:  depression,
 anxiety disorders, grief and insomnia. The site is maintained by a team from
 the Intervention Research Center for Late-Life Mood Disorders, an
 internationally renowned clinical research center directed by Charles F.
 Reynolds, III, M.D., professor of psychiatry and neuroscience at the
 University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.
     In addition to information about late-life mood disorders, the site offers
 links to other mental health resources on the Internet, information on
 referrals and opportunities to participate in research studies.
     "It's important for older adults to have a confidential source of
 information that's based in their home town and accessible from their own
 home," said Eric Lenze, M.D., a geriatric psychiatrist at the Late-Life Mood
 Disorders Center at the University of Pittsburgh's Western Psychiatric
 Institute and Clinic (WPIC). "There are thousands of sites on the Internet
 with mental health information, but very few focus on issues for elderly
 individuals. Fewer still are organized and produced by geriatric specialists,
 like our site."
     Geriatric mental health problems such as depression are featured on
 individual pages within the site complete with descriptions, facts and myths,
 information on common treatments, and articles by staff psychiatrists.
 "These disorders happen frequently in people over age 60, but they are not a
 normal part of aging and individuals don't have to suffer without help," said
 Dr. Reynolds.  "We hope that for those people and their loved ones, this site
 will provide the information and motivation they need to seek treatment."
 Besides offering information for patients, the site also is designed to
 provide family physicians and researchers with information about the Late-Life
 Depression Evaluation and Treatment Center and how to refer patients.
     The Late-Life Depression Evaluation and Treatment Center at WPIC was
 commissioned by the National Institute of Mental Health in 1995 for the study
 and treatment of mood disorders in late life.
     For more information, please call 412-624-1886 or visit
 http://www.latelifedepression.org.
 
      CONTACT:  Craig Dunhoff
                Lisa Rossi
      PHONE:    (412) 624-2607
      FAX:      (412) 624-3184
      E-MAIL:   dunhoffcc@msx.upmc.edu
                RossiL@msx.upmc.edu
 
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    PITTSBURGH, April 25 /PRNewswire/ -- A new web site for the Late-Life
 Depression Evaluation and Treatment Center at UPMC Health System offers a way
 for older adults to connect with information about mental health problems and
 find help.
      The site, http://www.latelifedepression.org, provides detailed
 information on many common geriatric mental health problems:  depression,
 anxiety disorders, grief and insomnia. The site is maintained by a team from
 the Intervention Research Center for Late-Life Mood Disorders, an
 internationally renowned clinical research center directed by Charles F.
 Reynolds, III, M.D., professor of psychiatry and neuroscience at the
 University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.
     In addition to information about late-life mood disorders, the site offers
 links to other mental health resources on the Internet, information on
 referrals and opportunities to participate in research studies.
     "It's important for older adults to have a confidential source of
 information that's based in their home town and accessible from their own
 home," said Eric Lenze, M.D., a geriatric psychiatrist at the Late-Life Mood
 Disorders Center at the University of Pittsburgh's Western Psychiatric
 Institute and Clinic (WPIC). "There are thousands of sites on the Internet
 with mental health information, but very few focus on issues for elderly
 individuals. Fewer still are organized and produced by geriatric specialists,
 like our site."
     Geriatric mental health problems such as depression are featured on
 individual pages within the site complete with descriptions, facts and myths,
 information on common treatments, and articles by staff psychiatrists.
 "These disorders happen frequently in people over age 60, but they are not a
 normal part of aging and individuals don't have to suffer without help," said
 Dr. Reynolds.  "We hope that for those people and their loved ones, this site
 will provide the information and motivation they need to seek treatment."
 Besides offering information for patients, the site also is designed to
 provide family physicians and researchers with information about the Late-Life
 Depression Evaluation and Treatment Center and how to refer patients.
     The Late-Life Depression Evaluation and Treatment Center at WPIC was
 commissioned by the National Institute of Mental Health in 1995 for the study
 and treatment of mood disorders in late life.
     For more information, please call 412-624-1886 or visit
 http://www.latelifedepression.org.
 
      CONTACT:  Craig Dunhoff
                Lisa Rossi
      PHONE:    (412) 624-2607
      FAX:      (412) 624-3184
      E-MAIL:   dunhoffcc@msx.upmc.edu
                RossiL@msx.upmc.edu
 
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