Bright Nights Community Forum: Borderline Personality Disorder, Debunking Myths, and Improving Hope

Tuesday October 3, 2017: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

This event will be recorded

Borderline Personality Disorder is a serious mental illness, but one that is sometimes not well understood by patients and families, clinicians, and society as a whole. It is perhaps the most stigmatized disorder in all of medicine, which creates confusion, poor outcomes, and a sense of hopelessness for everyone involved.

Borderline Personality Disorder affects an estimated 18 million Americans during their lifetimes, and causes numerous stressful symptoms, including unstable mood, suicidal and self-harm thoughts and behaviors, and chaotic relationships. While the disorder causes great distress, treatment varies widely and research is lacking.

To learn more about Borderline Personality Disorder, the University of Michigan Depression Center and the Ann Arbor District Library will present this Bright Nights community forum. Victor Hong, MD, Clinical Instructor, Department of Psychiatry, University of Michigan will give a brief presentation on Borderline Personality Disorder and its management, followed by a panel discussion.

Recent research indicates that the prognosis for those with Borderline Personality Disorder is much better than previously thought, and existing and emerging treatments have demonstrated significant efficacy. The role of medications in those treatments has been further elucidated, the role of families has been made clear, and a better understanding of how to manage safety concerns has developed

This event is a partnership with the University of Michigan Depression Center. For more information about the Depression Center, visit depressioncenter.org or contact Stephanie Salazar, 232-0330, or sawaters@umich.edu.

Raw Vegan Fall Detox

Tuesday October 10, 2017: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: 4th Floor Meeting Room

Learn a safe and powerful raw vegan cleansing and detoxifying program you can start today.

Ellen Livingston is a certified yoga teacher and has benefited from a raw vegan diet since 2002. Ellen offers yoga and raw food classes in the community and at her home on 5 acres in Ann Arbor. Ellen also offers life coaching and health retreats.

This event is cosponsored by the People's Food Co-Op.

Introduction to Insight Meditation with Still Mountain Meditation

Saturday October 21, 2017: 9:30 am to 12:30 pm -- Pittsfield Branch: Program Room

This half-day workshop will offer a brief, step-by-step introduction to beginning insight meditation.

Insight meditation is a simple and direct practice of moment-to-moment investigation of mind/body processes through calm, focused attention. In meditation and mindfulness practices we cultivate our ability to be present in each moment and to be aware of and more comfortable with our thoughts, emotions, and physical being.

Although historically the techniques come from Buddhist traditions, this workshop has no religious content and will approach the practices from a down-to-earth, secular perspective. This introduction is intended mainly for persons with no previous meditation experience, but all are welcome.

Self-Care Through Movement, Mindfulness, and Meditation: Switching Perspectives, From Outside to Inside

Tuesday October 24, 2017: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Pittsfield Branch: Program Room

Brian Truskowski of BMT Wellness returns with a new spin on his self-care classes.

This class will offer an invitation to go deeper into yourself, maybe deeper than you’ve ever been. It will invite you to explore love and seasons, learning to practice pulling back to see yourself from the outside, while looking inward.

This self-empowerment class is for people who want to go deeper in their lives, connect with a part of themselves they may not know, and do it in a safe space. This monthly series will run through November. The classes will build upon each other, but each class stands on its own, so attendees may join any time.

Brian is a licensed Bodyworker and Massage Therapist in Ann Arbor and a member of the ManKind Project, whose mission is to raise the consciousness of the planet.