Thursday, April 12, 2007

Kay Redfield Jamison and Frederick Goodwin at politics and prose


Just came back from Politics and Prose bookstore in Northwest Washington where I attended a talk and question and answer sessions by Kay Redfield Jamison, PhD, the noted researcher and author of a memoir of her struggles with bipolar disorder, and her partner in the definitive book on bipolar disorder, "Manic Depresssive Illness: Bipolar Disorders and Recurrent Depression," the former National Institute of Mental Health director, Frederick Goodwin, MD. Two women who are close friends of mine from the Depression Bipolar Support Alliance-Northern Virginia came along and we had a blast being able to ask specific questions of Drs. Jamison and Goodwin. I thought the discussion of recurrent depression -- a sort of bipolar-like depression that goes up and down often but never gets above quote-unquote normal -- was particularly illuminating. Got a copy of the book and plan to use it in treatment (mine and my clients).