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Difficult Diagnosis: Treating Mental Illness in the Bay Area


On June 18th, City Visions explored new research on and interventions for mental illness. Questions discussed included: how are health professionals in the Bay Area identifying and treating people with mental illness? What is the role of family members and family history in the treatment process? And how does the stigma of mental illness impact patients who seek diagnosis and treatment? Guests were:

Dr. Terence Ketter of the Bipolar Disorders Clinic at Stanford University

Dr. Demian Rose of the PREP Program at UCSF

Victoria Costello, science writer and author of, "A Lethal Inheritance: A Mother Uncovers the Science behind Three Generations of Mental Illness," published in 2012.

Resources shared during the show:

National Alliance for Mental Illness (NAMI) San Francisco

Family Education and Resource Center of Alameda County

PREP Program for early intervention of psychosis