November 05

The Friends Open Mind Program, Living a Full and Meaningful Life with Bipolar Disorder

Open MindMonday, November 7 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM PTDr. Devika BhushanRegistration is required for this free live private Zoom event.Living A Full And Meaningful Life With Bipolar Disorder Please join The Friends of the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA and the Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital Board of Advisors for an Open Mind program on Living Well with Bipolar Disorder with Devika Bhushan, MD, FAAP, California’s Acting Surgeon General and the inaugural Chief Health Officer of the newly founded Office of the California Surgeon General. In these roles, Dr. Bhushan serves as a key public health spokesperson and advisor to the Governor and the Secretary of Health and Human Services. She is a pediatrician and a public health practitioner and has led systems innovation at a statewide level, conceiving of and launching efforts to enhance resilience and promote health equity for millions. Dr. Bhushan is also a leading voice in destigmatizing living with mental illness. In her recent op-ed piece in the Los Angeles Times, Dr. Bhushan publicly shared that she lives with bipolar disorder. By speaking out, she hopes to help dispel stigma and internalized shame and to help anyone struggling know they are not alone and to give people hope. She had her first mood episode 12 years ago and it took almost 3 years to receive the right diagnosis and find the right treatment plan. Today, she lives with bipolar disorder as a chronic and manageable health condition.   Michael Gitlin, MD, Distinguished Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at UCLA and the Director of the Adult Division in the Department of Psychiatry, will join Dr. Bhushan in conversation.   Devika Bhushan, MD, earned a BA with research Honors in Neuroscience and Behavior from Columbia University, with distinctions of Summa Cum Laude as a John Kluge W. Scholar and an inductee into Phi Beta Kappa. She earned an MD at Harvard Medical School, Cum Laude. She undertook a general pediatrics residency at the Johns Hopkins Hospital Bloomberg Children’s Center. She served as Editor-in-Chief and lead author of the first California Surgeon General’s report that presents a cross-sector blueprint to prevent and address early adversity, entitled Roadmap for Resilience: The California Surgeon General’s Report on Adverse Childhood Experiences, Toxic Stress, and Health. Dr. Bhushan has authored other timely public health advisories, publications, and public service announcements, including on addressing youth and caregiver mental health needs, the infant formula shortage, and COVID-19 vaccination. She is a skilled communicator with significant journalism and editorial experience. Dr. Bhushan’s work has been published in The Lancet, PediatricsThe Los Angeles TimesNational Public Radio, and The Sacramento Bee.Dr. Michael Gitlin, in addition to being the Director of Adult Division of Psychiatry,is the Interim Director of the Geriatric Division in the Department of Psychiatry, Medical Director of the Neuropsychiatric Behavioral Health Services and Director of the Mood Disorders Clinic at the UCLA Neuropsychiatric Hospital. From 1980 until 2004, he was the Medical Director of the Aftercare Clinic, a research clinic in schizophrenia. He is the author of over 160 scientific articles and book chapters as well as five books, including: two editions of a solo authored psychopharmacology textbook written for non-physician therapists. He served as Chief of Staff at the Neuropsychiatric Hospital from 1997-1999. Among his awards are: Distinguished Educator Award in Teaching from the UCLA Department of Psychiatry (1999), Outstanding Housestaff Teaching Award, 1994 and 2008, Teacher of the Year from the Psychiatric Times in 2002; Dadone Clinical Teaching award from the Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA in 2010; and the Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine award from the Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA in 2010.To watch videos of our past Open Mind programs, please visit or our YouTube Channel.