NAMI's 2012 Speaker Series at The Athens County Library
For a second consecutive year, NAMI Athens and the Friends of the Athens Public Library are teaming up to bring the Athens community some really super speakers. This year we are co-sponsoring four events.
Time: 6:30-8:00 PM, final Thursday of select months
Location: Athens Public Library, 30 Home Street, Athens, OH 45701
Speakers: Deb and Gerald Mosko
Topic: Borderline Personality Is not A Life Sentence: One Family's Journey of Hope
Until the last decade, borderline personality disorder
was often seen as a very hard-to-treat, if not impossible, disorder. Even
today, some professionals roll their eyes at the very mention of the term.
Having a loved one with that disorder, the Mosko are members NAMI Franklin
County trained as instructors of “Family Connections” and its national
“Family Connections/Teleconnections” version - a free course for persons
having loved ones with BPD.
Speaker: Tonya Fulwider
Topic: You’re Not Alone: Postpartum Depression Strikes One in Five New Moms
Too many moms who suffer from mood and anxiety
disorders around pregnancy and child birth do so in silence. Such suffering
is unnecessary. A co-founder and current director of
Outreach and Encouragement for Moms), Ms. Fulwider herself suffered from
postpartum depression. Now she and her organization work throughout Ohio to
relieve the suffering of other moms in similar situations.
See a YouTube video about POEM.
Speaker: Milt Greek
Topic: Schizophrenia: An Inside View
Once wildly psychotic due to schizophrenia, Athens’ own
Milt Greek returned to sanity with the help friends. He became a computer
programmer, had the good fortune to marry and has recovered to have a happy
and healthy life. He has spoken at local, state and national conferences on
schizophrenia and recovery. On November 26th of last year, he was featured
front page article in the New York Times. Milt’s perspective on
schizophrenia and helping people with it is part of a growing movement of
approaches informed by people with “lived experiences”.
Speaker: Dr. Jill A Hollway
Topic: Current Research in the Treatment of Autism and Asperger's Disorder
Hollway is a Co-Investigator for the Research Unit on Pediatric
Psychopharmacology Autism Network, at the Ohio State University’s Nisonger
Center. She is a Research Scientist and has been a part of the research team
at OSU for over 14 years. Dr. Hollway has a particular interest in the
disruptive behaviors that often co-occur with a diagnosis of autism spectrum
disorder and will discuss the latest research and treatments for these and
for the core features of autism.