As part of our commitment to bring awareness and up-to-date information to the community about mental health and mental illness, the Mental Health Association in Talbot County provides opportunities to hear talks by experts on a variety of mental health topics. Recent Speakers Include: Kay Redfield Jamison, PhD, Peter Rabins, MD, MPH Frank J. Kros, MSW, JD Major Gary H. Wynn, MD

Kay Redfield Jamison, PhD

Dr. Jamison, author of the bestselling memoirs, An Unquiet Mind and Night Falls Fast: Understanding Suicide ,and professor of psychiatry at Johns Hopkins University, addressed a packed audience at the Avalon Theater on March 21, 2007 on the topic “Road to Life”. She discussed bipolar disorder both from her professional knowledge and the highs and lows of her own struggles with the illness.

On December 8, 2010, Dr. Jamison returned to discuss the subject of “Grief and Depression: Personal and Professional Perspectives”. Her most recent book ,Nothing Was the Same, was about the grief she felt following the death of her husband, NIMH researcher Richard Wyatt. In her lecture at the Avalon, Jamison gave an insightful and forthright perspective on grief, how it differs from depression, and how to cope with each.

About Kay Redfield Jamison

Kay Jamison began her career at the University of California, LA, where she obtained PhD in clinical Psychology. It was there that she was first diagnosed and treated for Manic- Depressive illness. She went on to be co-author of the standard medical text on Manic Depressive Illness (Bipolar Disorder) and several best-selling memoirs. She is now Co-Director of the Johns Hopkins Mood Disorders Center in the Department of Psychiatry.

Books by Kay Redfield Jamison

Manic-Depressive Illness; Jamison and F.K. Goodwin (1990)

Manic-Depressive Illness: Bipolar Disorders and Recurrent Depression. (Second edition, 2007.)

Touched With Fire: Manic-Depressive Illness and the Artistic Temperament. (1993.)

An Unquiet Mind: A Memoir of Moods and Madness (1995) – In this 1995 best seller, Dr. Jamison describes for the first time her own struggles with manic-depressive illness and “the addictive aspects of the manic phase… and the horrors on intense depression” (Book List)

Night Falls Fast: Understanding Suicide (2000) – “The first major book in a quarter century on suicide, and its terrible pull on the young in particular. Dr. Jamison has also known suicide first hand;… she tried at age twenty-eight to kill herself. This is a book that helps us to understand the suicidal mind, to recognize and come to the aid of those at risk, and to comprehend the profound effects on those left behind” (Book Jacket)

Nothing Was the Same: A Memoir (2009) – “With.. elegance and passion…Jamison looks back at the relationship with her husband Richard Wyatt…and describes his death, her own long difficult struggle with grief, and her efforts to distinguish grief from depression” (Book Jacket)

Peter V. Rabins, MD, MPH

“Memory and the Aging Brain” was the topic of a talk by Dr. Rabins, author of the best selling book, The 36 Hour Day, to a packed Avalon on October 27, 2009.

Dr. Rabins shed light on new discoveries of brain function and memory, including the relationship between physical factors such as diabetes and stroke to dementia and memory loss. He described the typical pattern of memory loss as people age, and addressed the lifestyle factors that affect memory.

About Peter V. Rabins

Dr. Rabins is Co-Director of Division of Geriatric Psychiatry and Neuropsychiatry at Johns Hopkins University. He also is the Richman Family Professor in Alzheimer’s disease. Dr. Rabins focuses on the neuropsychiatric features of Alzheimer’s disease (AD) and end of life care in AD. He is well known for his book The 36 -Hour Day.

In a new initiative, the website for the Peter Rabins Alzheimer’s Family Support Center provides videos on “How Do You Know If You Have Alzheimer’s” and related topics. Click here to visit his web site.

Books by Peter V. Rabins

The 36 -Hour Day: A Family Guide to Caring for People Who Have Alzheimer’s Disease, Related Dementias, and Memory Loss by Peter Rabins. and Nancy L Mace. (2011) – First published in 1981, The 36-Hour Day has sold over 2 million copies. “ In this new and updated edition, this best-selling book features thoroughly revised chapters on the causes of dementia, managing the early stages of dementia, the prevention of dementia, and finding appropriate living arrangements for the person who has dementia when home care is no longer an option.”

Getting Old Without Getting Anxious coauthored by Peter V. Rabins, MDP, PH and Lynn Lauber 2006 – This book assists older people and their caregivers in overcoming one of the more crippling and misunderstood human afflictions: anxiety. Geriatric psychiatrist and co-author of The 36-Hour Day, Dr. Rabins explains that the many changes that occur as a person ages can trigger anxiety. Stories from patients encourage and motivate both those suffering from anxiety and their caregivers.

Frank J. Kros, MSW, JD

“Insights into Bullying” was the topic of a presentation by Frank J. Kros, at the Easton High School Auditorium on September 14, 2010 in a program sponsored by MHATC in partnership with the Talbot County Public School. Using a power point presentation and detailed handout material, Mr. Kros provided research about both school related and cyber bullying. Research shows that in-school bullying peaks in grades 6-8 but continues in later years.

Bullying is characterized by a pattern of harassment over time with intent to harm the victim physically or emotionally. Bullies pick on victims because they are different in some way from their peers. These differences vary widely, ranging from a different ethnicity to something as simple as wearing braces. He noted that bullying by girls is more often done in groups rather than individually.

The effect on victims of continual bullying is that of traumatic stress, resulting in actual physical changes in the brain. Kros said it is the responsibility of adults to stop bullying. Research shows that if the pattern of bullying is not changed a bully’s behavior tends to get worse.

About Frank J. Kros

Frank Kros serves as president of The Upside Down Organization and executive vice president of The Children’s Guild, the largest private provider of special education services in Maryland. He is a key presenter of workshops provided by The Upside Down Organization.

Books by Frank J. Kros

In 2005, Kros coauthored “Creating the Upside Down Organization: Transforming Staff to Save Troubled Children,” which reveals the fundamental changes required for organizations to help challenged youth.

Major Gary H. Wynn, MD

“The Effects of Trauma and Treatment Strategies” was the topic of a program on February 12, 2008, at which Major Gary Wynn was the guest keynote speaker The program was co-sponsored by the Mental Health Association in Talbot County, Channel Marker, For All Seasons, Shore Health System, and Chesapeake College.

The goal of the seminar in Easton was to provide an understanding of stress response from trauma and to outline a comprehensive approach to treatment. An improved climate for coping with post traumatic stress and familiarity with its symptoms would encourage individuals and veterans to deal more openly with the disorder and be more inclined to find a treatment option that bests suits them.

Major Gary H. Wynn, M.D., is Staff Psychiatrist at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center, in Washington, D.C., and Assistant Professor, Uniformed Services University School of Medicine in Bethesda, Maryland. Major Wynn has subsequently co-edited the Clinical Manual for Management of PTSD.

Dr. Alan Peck, of Shore Health’s Behavioral Health Department, was also a featured speaker. Dr. Raymond Kingsley, of the Elkton Vet Clinic; and John Redding, Coordinator for Global War on Terrorism Outreach, at the Baltimore Vet Center, joined panelists Brenda Scribner, MD, psychiatrist; Catherine Cripps, LCPC/ATR; and Stephanie Donaldson, LCSW-C, For All Seasons.

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