A Patient’s Heroic Journey Continues


An update from a patient we learned about a year ago.

Our Psychiatry & Society video series is taking a short break. For now, enjoy this rerun with additional new commentary.

Last year, on March 30, 2022, we posted a generous interview I did of Nancy Alterman, titled “Heroic Journey to Recovery: A Patient’s Story,” which discussed the crucial role of ECT in the treatment of her disabling bipolar disorder. We recently checked how she is doing and she responded:

“Wow! I can’t believe it has already been a year!! I am grateful to report that all is well. I am keeping up with my sporting ways and am flourishing with my art work. I had a show at a non-profit restaurant and sold 35 pieces! Most recently I had 5 pieces accepted in a show for a new nonprofit - Integrated Artists for Mental Health. :-)

I’m thinking of how to put together a photo essay of my journey and speak to med students, mental health organizations, and anyone who will listen!"

Dr Moffic is an award-winning psychiatrist who has specialized in the cultural and ethical aspects of psychiatry. A prolific writer and speaker, he received the one-time designation of Hero of Public Psychiatry from the Assembly of the American Psychiatric Association in 2002. He is an advocate for mental health issues related to climate instability, burnout, Islamophobia, and anti-Semitism for a better world. He serves on the Editorial Board of Psychiatric Times™.

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