Says Kay Redfield Jamison, Ph.D.

The Dalio Family Professor in Mood Disorders, professor of psychiatry at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, and co-director of the Johns Hopkins Mood Disorders Center said at the NARSAD ‘From Discovery to Recovery’ Awards Dinner: “The science is just going greatly. And it’s exactly groups like NARSAD that make a difference for me and for anybody I know who has severe mental illness. It’s the fact that scientists are out there – that’s the hope…the hope is in science.”

Dr. Jamison is one of three recipients of the 2010 NARSAD Productive Lives Award for her inspiring story of overcoming the difficulties one faces living with mental illness. In addition to being a distinguished scholar in her field, she is a well-known author. Her New York Times bestselling book, An Unquiet Mind, is a deeply personal disclosure of her own struggle living with bipolar disorder. Dr. Jamison’s book tells the painful and inspiring story of her journey to live a fully productive life despite the staggering odds against her. She is also co-author of the standard medical text on bipolar disorder, or manic depressive illness, chosen as the most outstanding book in biomedical sciences by the American Association of Publishers in 1990.

In October, 2010, Dr. Jamison accepted her award at the NARSAD Awards Dinner in New York City. To hear her moving and inspiring acceptance speech, please click here. She was also interviewed at the event to speak about her illness and share her experiences on living with mental illness. Hear her thoughts on winning the NARSAD Productive Lives Award, and her advice and encouragement to those living with mental illness:

This is just one of five videos from Kay Redfield Jamison’s interview. To view her other videos, please click here.

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