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Schizophrenia--What is it and how should it be treated?

Monday, April 07, 2014 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Centennial Hall Teaching Theater

Schizophrenia--What is it and how should it be treated?

An Informed Discussion with Robert Whitaker and Thomas Liffick, M.D.

The subject of mental health and more specifically schizophrenia has been a topic featured prominently in the news over the past few years due to a number of tragedies involving people with severe mental illnesses as perpetrators and victims. Some have blamed a lack of treatment and others have questioned the efficacy of treatment: Do psychiatric medications help or make things worse? Are psychotherapy or other psychosocial interventions an alternative or supplement to medication? This discussion will provide different perspectives on the treatment of psychiatric illnesses in the United States by two nationally known figures and will include a moderated question/answer segment.

Thomas Liffick, M.D. is a psychiatrist and Medical Director Emeritus of the Southwestern Indiana Mental Health Center as well as a Medical Fellow in the Neuroscience Division of Eli Lilly and Company and a Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the Indiana University School of Medicine. He is a Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, which presented him the Nancy C.A. Roeske, MD, Award for Excellence in Psychiatric Teaching. Dr. Liffick also received the Exemplary Psychiatrist Award from the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) and is listed in the Best Doctors in America book. Liffick has lectured widely on schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and psychotropic medications in the United States, Canada, and Europe.

Robert Whitaker is an investigative reporter and author of the books Mad in American and Anatomy of an Epidemic: Psychiatric Drugs and the Astonishing Rise of Mental Illness in America that critique mainstream treatments for mental illnesses in the United States and question whether today’s treatment protocols are relieving or worsening the long-term outcomes for psychiatric patients. Whitakers writings have won the George Polk Award for Medical Writing, the Science in Society Journalism Award of the National Association of Science Writers, the Best Investigative Journalism Book of the Investigative Reporters and Editors, Inc. and were a finalist for the 1999 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service.

Dr. Susan Day
Common Experience
Academic, Health, Lectures
Faculty, General Interest, Staff, Undergraduate Students
Schizophrenia--What is it and how should it be treated?