“Difficult Diagnosis: Mental Health Research and Treatment in the Bay Area”

Available on the website of KALW 91.7FM San Francisco

To listen to the podcast/live stream of this excellent and informative discussion: go to:

(San Francisco)- June 18, 2012. In 2004, California voters passed Proposition 63, The Mental Health Services Act, which levied a special tax on people earning more than a $1 million a year to provide public resources to treat people early and prevent mental illnesses from escalating.


Driven in part by economics, the trend towards early treatment of mental illness has continued to grow over the past eight years. According to the National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare, the financial costs of mental illness in terms of treatment and lost productivity are estimated at over $2 billion each year.


On June 18th, City Visions will look at the new ways that mental health professionals in the Bay Area are diagnosing and treating mental illness. How does the stigma of mental illness prevent people from seeking treatment? What are the pros and cons of early intervention for mental illness? And what is the role of family members in helping patients identify their mental disorders?

Joining guest host Victoria Thorp to discuss these questions and more are:


Victoria Costello: Victoria is an Emmy Award-winning science writer specializing in neuroscience and mental health. She is the author of, “A Lethal Inheritance, A Mother Uncovers the Science Behind Three Generations of Mental Illness,” Published by Prometheus Books in 2012. Victoria is a board member of the Mental Health Association of San Francisco.


Dr. Demian Rose: Dr. Rose is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at UCSF. He is the medical director of the UCSF Early Psychosis Clinic and the PREP Program, which stands for Prevention and Recovery in Early Psychosis. These two programs are designed to serve adolescents and young adults experiencing psychotic symptoms and their families. Dr. Rose is focused on breaking down stigma through the use of empathy and scientific reasoning.


Dr. Terence Ketter: Dr. Ketter is the chief of the Bipolar Disorders Clinic and a Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University. Dr. Ketter’s research interests include the use of brain imaging methods to better understand and target treatments for patients with bipolar disorders, the efficacy of medications in the treatment of bipolar disorders, and the relationship between creativity and mood disorders.

 Great call in questions and excellent discussion – check it out if you’re dealing with bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and/or any other family mental illness. There are also links to resources we discussed on the program at the show website:

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