In this lecture series we will explore areas of mental health which touch many of our lives and those of our families, friends and neighbors. Lectures are free and open to the public. Each Wednesday evening lecture will begin at 7:00 p.m. and will conclude by 8:30 p.m.
Depression: October 19 Download the presentation here.
Raymond DePaulo, M.D., will discuss what we know today about the causes of depression and bipolar disorders and what advances are likely to come from research. He will also discuss the importance of acknowledging that there are things we will never know about these disorders. Dr. DePaulo is the director of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and Psychiatrist in Chief at Hopkins Hospital.
Eating Disorders: November 2 Download the presentation here.
Jennifer Moran, Psy.D., will speak on eating disorders that effect an estimated 10,000,000 Americans. Early diagnosis and intervention is crucial for improving the chances of a full recovery from the illness. This presentation will highlight the different types of eating disorders, increase awareness of the signs and symptoms of an eating disorder, and provide guidance for talking with a loved one that you suspect is struggling with an eating disorder. Different treatment options currently available will be discussed, emphasizing the role of the family in supporting their loved one through this difficult process. Dr. Moran is the staff psychologist for the Shepard Pratt eating disorders clinic and serves as the college liaison.
Autism: November 16 Download the presentation here.
Elaine Williams, M.A., and Linda Pearl, M. Ed., will speak on autism throughout the lifespan, drawing upon their clinical and personal experiences to present a view of autistic persons as individuals with substantial challenges and considerable strengths. They will discuss what we know about the causes of autism, common signs and symptoms of autism-spectrum disorder, and treatments that allow persons with autism to learn and grow throughout their lives. Ms. Williams has clinical experience with developmentally disabled individuals on three continents. Ms. Pearl works as a Baltimore County family navigator with Catholic Charities, providing information and referral services to families with autistic children. Both presenters are past presidents of the Baltimore-Chesapeake Chapter of the Autism Society of America and co-founders of Itineris, a program for adults with autism. Ms. Pearl is co-founder and co-chair of the Adult Autism Resource Group, and a member of the Baltimore County Commission on Disabilities. She is also the parent of an autistic adult.
Dementia: November 30 Download the presentation here.
Constantine Lyketsos, M.D., M.P.H.,will discuss effective ways of caring for people with dementia and how their families can make a significant difference in life quality and outcome. Dr. Lyketsos will be discussing the concept of "Dementia Care" as developed at Johns Hopkins and providing details on how to access and evaluate such care in the Baltimore area. Dr. Lyketsos is the Director of the Memory and Alzheimer's Treatment Center at Johns Hopkins Bayview campus and is considered a world expert on the care of patients with memory impairments. He is a co- author of several books on the subject of dementia care and was instrumental in setting up the Copper Ridge Institute located in Sykesville, MD.
Interfaith Service of Hope & Healing: December 7
An ecumenical service of hope and healing will conclude the lecture series and will include prayers and music with a special sensitivity toward those dealing with emotional and psychological issues. We will pray for those affected by these challenges. We will pray for the reconciliation of relationships compromised because of mental challenges. We will pray for caretakers and their sense of helplessness and frustration. We will pray for all health care providers, especially counselors, therapists, and those involved in treatment and recovery programs. We will come before God with the darkness and mystery associated with mental illness and pray for light, for treatments, for research and cure, and above all for compassion.