The Asher Center for the Study and Treatment of Depressive Disorders specializes in reproductive related depressions in women. Located in the Arkes Family Pavilion, the new clinical program is designed to advance the following mission:
- Developing novel assessment and diagnostic strategies, as well as pharmacologic and non-drug treatments for women of childbearing age and the the borader population of patients with mood disorders
- Translating our scientific advances into practice and policy through publications, training and mentorship, and service development in women's mental health and mood disorders
- Recruiting, supporting and retaining a highly skilled, diverse and multi-disciplinary professional staff that remains at the cutting edge of women's mental health and mood disorders research.
Mental disorders are the cause of more than 37% of disabilities worldwide, with depression being the leading cause of disability among people aged 15 and older, according to the World Health Organization’s Global Burden of Disease and Risk Factors (2006). Compared to men, women have twice the rate of depression, with a specific risk at puberty, premenstrually, postpartum, and in the perimenopause. A striking 21% (1 of 5) women and 12% of men will have at least one episode of major depressive disorder in their lifetimes.. This is a clinical-research model that integrates new research findings into the clinical care options they offer patients.
Asher Center for Research and Treatment of Depressive Disorders
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine