Ask the Doctor: Teleconference Series
NAMI's Ask the Doctor teleconference is a monthly series hosted by NAMI's Medical Director, Dr. Ken Duckworth. Typically, he is joined by another mental health professional or advocate who in turn presents on a topic in his or her area of expertise. Each month, two such calls are hosted; one focuses on adult issues, the other on child and adolescent issues.
To access these calls, dial 1 (888) 858-6021 and enter pass code 309918#. These calls are always held at 11 a.m. E.T. on scheduled dates unless otherwise noted. The Ask the Doctor schedule and previously recorded podcasts can be found below.
The Next Call
May 24th Conference Call with Dr. Xavier Amador on Anosognosia
We are pleased to announce our monthly "Ask the Doctor" call featuring Xavier Amador, Ph.D. and hosted by NAMI's Medical Director, Dr. Ken Duckworth, M.D., on Friday, May 24th, from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. EST.
Join us as Xavier Amador, Ph.D. lectures about Anosognosia. Anosognosia is the inability to perceive that one is ill due to impairment to the brain’s ability to see oneself accurately. It has been identified as the single biggest reason why more than 50 percent of people living with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder refuse treatment and, when they do accept it, often stop after days or months have gone by.
Remember to bring your questions to ask Dr. Amador!
Dr. Amador is the founder of the LEAP Institute. He is an internationally sought-after speaker, clinical psychologist and author of eight books, including the international best-seller, “I’m Not Sick, I Don’t Need Help” (available in 15 languages), “I’m Right, You’re Wrong, Now What,” “When Someone You Love is Depressed,” “Break the Bipolar Cycle” and “Being Single in a Couple’s World.” Dr. Amador’s expertise has made him a regular contributor to the Today Show and a featured guest on Good Morning America, CBS This Morning, NBC Nightly News, 60 Minutes, CNN, ABC’s World News Tonight and many others. He was a featured psychologist on the PBS series, “This Emotional Life.” Previously, Dr. Amador was on the Board of Directors of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) and the Director of Psychology at the New York State Psychiatric Institute. Dr. Amador is also a well-known forensic psychologist who has worked on numerous high-profile cases, including the Unabomber, the Elizabeth Smart Kidnapping and 9/11 conspirator cases. Three years ago, Dr. Amador broke new ground by appearing on the reality TV show “Bethenny Ever After,” the first psychologist to allow the camera access to real-life therapy sessions. Born in Cuba and forced to flee as a child when Castro murdered his father, Dr. Amador is an avid proponent of human rights and a tireless advocate for people with mental illness.
Dr. Amador will also be giving a special presentation from 7:30-9:30 p.m. on June 28 at the NAMI National Convention, to be held at the Grand Hyatt San Antonio. Visit www.nami.org/convention for more details.
Upcoming Ask the Doctor Schedule
Calls on adult issues
May 24, 2013: Dr. Xavier Amador ― Anosognosia
June: No call.
July 26, 2013: TBA
August 23, 2013: Dr. Steve Marder
September 27, 2013: Dr. Jill Williams ― Smoking among people with mental illness
Calls on child, adolescent and young adult issues
May 17, 2013: Adolescent Depression
Recorded Ask the Doctor Podcasts
Listen as Mary Ellen Copeland, Ph.D. talks about the evidence based mental health recovery program, the Wellness Recovery Action Plan® [WRAP®]. WRAP is currently being used around the world in hospitals, prisons, rehab centers, crisis centers, high schools and colleges; with veterans, children, people with depression, people who have experienced severe trauma, people with chronic medical issues- WRAP is being used to address all kinds of challenges. Dr. Copeland shares her vision of prevention and mental health recovery for everyone following the Key Concepts she has discovered through her studies-Hope, Personal Responsibility, Education, Self-Advocacy and Support and guided by specific person-centered values and ethics that include self-determination, recognizing the person as the expert on themself, that is non-hierarchical and voluntary, and that focuses on strengths and simple, safe, non-invasive strategies for getting and staying well.