Story of Michael Dote
When Michael isn’t making pictures or fencing, he is usually spending time with his wife or practicing Nichiren Buddhism.
Documentary – Unmasked: A bout with Schizophrenia
Story of Debra Lampshire
Story of Elyn R. Saks
Elyn R. Saks is Associate Dean and Orrin B. Evans Professor of Law, Psychology, and Psychiatry and the Behavioral Sciences at the University of Southern California Gould Law School, an expert in mental health law and a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship winner. Saks lives with schizophrenia and has written about her experience with the illness in her award-winning best-selling autobiography, The Center Cannot Hold, published by Hyperion Books in 2007. Saks is also a cancer survivor.
Keynote: Elyn Saks, – Living a Productive Life
Story of Eleanor Longden
Eleanor Longden overcame her diagnosis of schizophrenia to earn a master’s in psychology and demonstrate that the voices in her head were “a sane reaction to insane circumstances.”
TED Blog: Everything you ever wanted to know about voice hearing (but were too afraid to ask)
Four Stories of Lives Restored
This is the first in a series of profiles about people who are functioning normally despite severe mental illness and have chosen to speak out about their struggles.
Story of Vijay (Robert) Gupta
Vijay (Robert) Gupta has performed internationally as a soloist and chamber musician since the age of eight; after joining the LA Philharmonic, he became the friend and violin instructor of Nathaniel Anthony Ayers—the homeless, mentally ill musician who was the subject of LA Times Columnist Steve Lopez’s book The Soloist, and the movie by the same title (starring Jaimie Foxx and Robert Downey Jr.). In his talks, Gupta explores music’s ability to change our brains, heal ailments, and ultimately, transform lives.
Story of Marsha Linehan
Marsha M. Linehan is an American psychologist and author. She is the creator of Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), a type of psychotherapy that combines behavioral science with Zen concepts like acceptance and mindfulness. She has been fighting with her own mental illness since she was 17.
NY Times Lives Restored – Profile