Understanding Bipolar Disorder With Experts From the University of Michigan

This event was held on March 29, 2006 at Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

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Bipolar disorder can be a devastating illness, for both individuals and families. It is a chronic illness with unstable and unpredictable moods. However, the positive news is that bipolar disorder is treatable, and new research advances are underway. Dr. Melvin McInnis, a specialist in bipolar disorders from the UM Depression Center, will present a brief overview of the illness from a clinical and genetic perspective. A panel discussion will follow, with specialists Drs. Jon-Kar Zubieta, Cheryl King, and Juan Lopez from the Depression Center. They will be joined by Kathy Schoof, Clinical Social Worker in Psychiatry at the UM Depression Center, and Dr. Shabnum Sheikh from St. Joseph Mercy Behavioral Services. All panelists will be available for questions.

The 2006 Read encourages individuals to explore Revolutions in Science -- the people, theories, explanations and discoveries that challenged our thinking and changed the world -- by promoting civic dialogue through the shared experience of one book. A selection committee of community representatives, students and educators in the Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti area chose Jonathan Weiner's The Beak of the Finch: A Story of Evolution in Our Time as the focus of Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Reads 2006. Copies of the book are available at all Ann Arbor District Library sites and at area bookstores. For more information on Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Reads events, visit the website aareads.org.

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