April 18, 1994
Media Contact: Joann Rodgers
Phone: (410) 955-6680
Mike Wallace, Dick Cavett, Frances Lear and now Robert Boorstin, special assistant to President Clinton. They all suffer from depression and want to remove the stigma the illness carries by "going public."
Boorstin, 34, who has bipolar or manic-depressive illness (MDI), had his first manic episode in 1987 -- a "garden variety messianic vision" -- and ended up belted to a gurney at a Boston hospital the following year while he was working on Michael Dukakis' presidential campaign.
Now, Boorstin will speak at a joint symposium on mood disorders research and education, sponsored by Hopkins and DRADA (the Depression and Related Affective Disorders Association), on Tuesday, April 26, 1994, at Hopkins' Turner Auditorium, beginning at 1 pm.
The symposium also will feature author and Hopkins psychiatry professor Kay Redfield Jamison, Ph.D., whose book Touched With Fire: Manic-Depressive Illness and the Artistic Temperament, received national attention. Jamison will describe the little-known dark side of poet and novelist Robert Lewis Stevenson, whose up-and-down mood pattern (called cyclothymic by physicians) probably came from family genes.
Other speakers will highlight advances in MDI research and treatment.