Bipolar Disorder: Progress and Promise
In 2002 we held our very first conference entitled “Understanding Manic Depressive (Bipolar) Illness.” At that time the illness was estimated to affect 2.5 million Americans, yet was little understood and often untreated. Today, Bipolar Disorder is more fully understood and while there are more effective treatments available, it now affects approximately 5.7 million Americans, or about 2.6% of the U.S. population age 18 and older. It is the sixth leading cause of disability in the world.
What has happened in the last decade? What treatment options are now open? Are we now better able to predict and diagnose the illness? What do we know now that we didn’t know in 2002 about the symptoms and nature of Bipolar Disorder? Has the stigma attached to Bipolar Disorder been reduced in any way?
This year’s Conference will address these questions and more. Nationally recognized experts on Bipolar Disorder who have studied and treated the illness will discuss the latest information and their insights. Some of our speakers will share their personal challenges and success as persons living with Bipolar Disorder. Our format will allow us to engage in honest and critical dialog about the illness and associated stigma.

Discussion Sections

    • Bipolar 101: Understanding the Disease
    • Early Onset and Recognition
    • Pharmacology of Bipolar Illness: Bridging the Laboratory and the Office
    • Complementary Strategies: Living With Bipolar
    • Neuroscience of Brain and Bipolar
    • Spirituality and Recovery
    • Ambiguous Loss: A Perspective for Family Caregivers
    • Dual Diagnosis- Substance Use and Bipolar

Living Successfully With Bipolar: Personal Recovery Stories

  • Loving and Living With Someone With Bipolar
  • Helping Parents Raise a Child With Bipolar
  • Crisis Management
  • “Soft Bipolar”: A Variant on the Bipolar Spectrum
  • DBT/ Mindfulness: Acceptance to Managing Intense Emotions
  • Introduction to Chronotherapy: A Treatment for Bipolar Disorder


Paul E. Keck, Jr., MD, is the Craig and Frances Lindner Professor of Psychiatry and Neuroscience at the University of Cincinnati (UC) College of Medicine. He is also President -CEO of the Lindner Center of HOPE, a state-of-thescience, UC-affiliated comprehensive mental health center in Mason, Ohio. Dr. Keck has conducted extensive research in bipolar disorder and clinical psychopharmacology, and is the recipient of numerous honors for teaching and for his work on bipolar disorder. The author of over 350 scientific papers in leading medical journals, Dr. Keck is in the top ten of the most cited scientists in the world publishing in the fields of psychology and psychiatry.
Mark A. Reinecke, Ph.D. is Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and Chief of the Division of Psychology at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine. Dr. Reinecke’s research and clinical interests center on understanding and treating depression and suicide among children and adolescents. He was a principal investigator on the Treatment of Adolescents with Depression Study (TADS), is widely published and has lectured and taught internationally. Dr. Reinkecke is a Distinguished Fellow and former president of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy; a Diplomat of the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP) in Clinical Psychology and Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology; and is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association
Nanette Larson, BA, CRSS is the Director, Recovery Support Services, for the Illinois Department of Human Services (DHS)/Division of Mental Health (DMH). In this statewide leadership position, Ms. Larson is responsible for development and implementation of a statewide recoveryoriented service delivery system within the Illinois public mental health system. She is also a nationally recognized leader in the mental health consumer recovery movement, providing numerous presentations across the country to diverse audiences on recovery, resilience and related topics. Ms. Larson is a person with bipolar disorder.
Rev. Cheryl T. Magrini, Ph.D., is Minister of Christian Education and Spiritual Formation at the First United Methodist Church located at the Chicago Temple in downtown Chicago. She has spoken at academic conferences and retreats, has taught at Garrett-Evangelical and the Lutheran School of Theology and has been published in several religious journals. Dr. Magrini is a person with bipolar disorder