Schizophrenia and bipolar symposium

Schizophrenia and bipolar disorder are two of the most devastating mental conditions known to psychiatry, affecting millions of people worldwide. They are also among the least understood.

Because of a significant overlap in symptoms between these and other closely related conditions, coming to a proper diagnosis is often challenging. Both are often misrepresented in popular culture, where the mood swings of bipolar disorder and the paranoid hallucinations of schizophrenia are sometimes confused with Jekyll-and-Hyde-type split personalities.

To help dispel these misconceptions and review strategies for effective diagnosis and treatment, the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences will host the first annual Schizophrenia and Bipolar Education Day on July 30. The event is free and open to the public.

Featured speakers include Ira Glick, MD, director of the schizophrenia clinic, and Terence Ketter, MD, director of the bipolar clinic. The symposium will conclude with breakout question-and-answer sessions with doctors.

The event is at Fairchild Auditorium, starting at 8 a.m. with free continental breakfast and running to noon. RSVP to Jennifer Nam at 724-4795 or jnam@stanford.edu.