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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.

Andrew Solomon

Andrew Solomon accepts his award at the 2010 NARSAD 'From Discovery to Recovery'

And we count ourselves incredibly lucky to have been able to honor Andrew Solomon at the 2010 ‘From Discovery to Recovery’ NARSAD Awards Dinner. This year, three renowned authors were awarded NARSAD Productive Lives Awards for their tremendous success in overcoming the staggering odds those living with mental illness face to become highly accomplished and fully contributing individuals.

Andrew Solomon is most well-known for his 2001 book, The Noonday Demon: an Atlas of Depression for which he won The National Book Award. In this book, Solomon paints a complex and compelling portrait of what it means to live with depression, disclosing his own personal story in addition to chronicling the struggles of many others. Solomon has also written for the New York Times and the New Yorker magazine and lectures at Weill-Cornell Medical College in the Psychiatry Department. In 2008, he was awarded the Humanitarian Award of the Society of Biological Psychiatry for his overall contributions to the field of mental health.

We at NARSAD were all very moved to have Andrew Solomon speak at the Annual Awards Dinner in October. His effusive energy and compassionate and courageous soul made the event one that will not be soon forgotten! To listen to his emotional and inspiring acceptance speech for his 2010 Productive Lives Award, please click here.

Andrew Solomon was interviewed at the Awards Dinner on topics regarding Depression, his experiences, and his thoughts about NARSAD and the role NARSAD plays in treating mental illnesses. We are grateful for his willingness to be interviewed and are happy to share his insight and vision here. We are confident that he will also serve as inspiration for many of you! To view these videos please visit the NARSAD YouTube Page.

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