Wednesday, February 23, 2005

Author Discusses Living With Bipolar Disorder, Talk March 2

Chestertown, MD, February 22, 2005 — Washington College's Department of Psychology, Daniel Z. Gibson/John A. Wagner Visitors Fund, and the Kent County Local Management Board present “My Bipolar Road Trip in 4-D,” a talk by author and producer Lizzie Simon, Wednesday, March 2, at 7 p.m. in the College's Norman James Theatre, Smith Hall. As a person with bipolar disorder, Simon presents an inspirational, educational, and interactive program about her own experiences, her work as an advocate for people with mental health issues, and the stigma about mental illness pervading American life. This event is free and open to the public.

The author of Detour: My Bipolar Road Trip in 4-D(Atria, 2002) and former creative producer at the Obie Award-winning Flea Theater, Simon has overcome the social stigma and personal hurdles that confront individuals with a devastating mental illness. Her personal insights into manic depression address a broad spectrum of topics, including the biological aspects of the disorder, the effects of bipolar disorder on interpersonal relationships and family, and the roles that they serve in the process of recovery. Simon grew up in Providence, RI, and earned a B.A. from Columbia University. Formerly a creative producer for the Flea Theater in the Tribeca section of Manhattan, she is now a freelance writer, producer, and frequent guest speaker. Simon's book Detour was made into a one-hour special for MTV, and she is working on a second special focusing on bipolar disorder for HBO.

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