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The Friends of the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA invite you to join them for an evening with Jaime Lowe, author of Mental: Lithium, Love and Losing My Mind.
In Mental, Jaime Lowe shares and investigates her story of bipolar disorder and episodic madness, as well as the stability she found while on lithium. She interviews scientists, psychiatrists, and patients to examine how effective lithium really is and how its side effects can be dangerous for long-term users—including Lowe, who after twenty years on the medication suffers from severe kidney damage. Mental is eye-opening and powerful, tackling an illness and drug that has touched millions of lives and yet remains shrouded in social stigma.
Jaime Lowe is a frequent contributor to The New York Times Magazine and The New York Times. Her work has appeared in New York magazine, Esquire, Sports Illustrated, Topic magazine, Daily Beast, Gawker, The Village Voice, LA Weekly, and on the ESPN website. She is the author of Digging for Dirt: The Life and Death of ODB, a biography of Ol’ Dirty Bastard, a founding member of the Wu-Tang Clan.
Jaime Lowe's article, The Incarcerated Women Who Fight California’s Wildfires, that appeared in The New York Times Magazine last June, was optioned by Margot Robbie’s production company Lucky Chap and Automatik and is being financed by Good Films. Lowe will serve as executive producer. Ms. Lowe is also currently working on a non-fiction book to be published by Farrar, Straus & Giroux titled Breathing Fire: On the Front Line with California’s Female Inmate Firefighters and a This American Life episode on trauma therapy.
Julie Robinson, Founder and CEO of “Literary Affairs” will moderate a discussion with Jaime Lowe and Mark DeAntonio, M.D., Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the Semel Institute and Director of Adolescent Inpatient Services at the Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital.
You may pay for parking at the pay stations located on level 4 of Parking Structure 8 or via the ParkMobile app on level 4. You might wish to consider using Uber or Lyft to be dropped off directly in front of the Semel Auditorium at 720 Westwood Plaza, Los Angeles, CA 90024.
Admission is free but registration is required.
Seating is limited and is on a first-come, first-served basis. RSVP does not guarantee seating. We overbook to account for cancellations and no-shows, so please arrive early.