How do you take care of yourself?
Women’s mental health, hormones and beyond

For its 8th edition, Anne Crocker, PhD, invites you to better understand how hormones and the brain influence many aspects of women's daily lives. Moods, perceptions, decision making and thoughts are the result of interactions between our brain activity and hormonal activity. Classes are in English.




Born to be anxious? Not!

Born to be anxious? Not! - A 2013 lecture by Valentina Munoz
Born to be anxious? Not! - A 2013 lecture by Valentina Munoz
Valentina Munoz, PhD
Psychologist and clinical supervisor, Anxiety Disorders Clinic, Douglas Institute
Co-president of the Psychology Intern Training and Supervision Committee, Douglas Institute
Private practice, Montreal

The better you understand stress and anxiety, the better you can manage them. Learn how anxiety manifests itself in women so you can make it your ally rather than your enemy. This conference will provide practical methods for recognizing stress and anxiety to help you manage them better.

Body image and self-esteem : effect on women’s mental health

Body image and self-esteem -A 2013 lecture by Mimi Israël
Body image and self-esteem -A 2013 lecture by Mimi Israël
Mimi Israël, MD, FRCPC
Psychiatrist-in-Chief, Douglas Institute
Chair of the Dept. of Psychiatry, McGill University

The ways in which women’s bodies are depicted by our society have an impact on how women perceive themselves. In some women, the influence of body image on self-worth may contribute to the development of mental health problems such as eating disorders. Who is at risk and why? Is prevention possible?

Sleep like a baby

Diane Boivin, MD, PhD
Founder/Director, Centre for Study and Treatment of Circadian Rhythms, Douglas Institute
Full Professor, Dept. of Medicine, McGill University, Research Fellow in Sleep Disorders

The body has more than one biological clock. Together, they set the pace for a number of rhythms in our body and brain that regulate our sleep, appetite and mood. A chronic lack of sleep due to rotational shift work, a decline in work performance during certain times of the day, as well as hormonal and cardiovascular disorders are, for some women, the result of circadian rhythm disorders. These rhythms can be disrupted by major life events and certain life stages, such as pregnancy and menopause. Solutions do exist to reduce the side effects.

Our sex hormones shape our brains: a short trek through adolescence, maternity and menopause

Claire Dominique Walker, PhD
Director, Neuroscience Research Div., Douglas Institute
Full Professor, Dept. of Psychiatry and Dept. of Anatomy and Cell Biology, McGill University

What do we know about the beneficial effects of sex hormones on the brain during our lives, particularly on brain development, our behaviour, our resistance to stress, or our memory? A trek through time, from adolescence to menopause.


Anne Crocker, PhD
Assistant Director, Policy and Knowledge Exchange, Research Centre, Douglas Institute
Associate Professor, Dept. of Psychiatry, McGill University