Presentation Will Offer Insight, Assistance in Managing Bipolar Disorder

"Over the Wall" Will Offer Insight, Assistance in Managing Bipolar Disorder

March 1, 2011



Information:  Daemen Conference and

                        Events Office



Media             Mike Andrei

Queries:        Director-College Relations





                        Karl Shallowhorn

                        Senior Counselor &

                        Vocational Specialist

                        Horizon Health Services




            Bipolar disorder — sometimes called manic-depressive disorder — causes mood swings that range from the lows of depression to the highs of mania. It is a condition that affects the lives of millions of people every day. Karl Shallowhorn, a Senior Counselor and Vocational Specialist with Horizon Health Services in Buffalo, was diagnosed with bipolar disorder early in his life. On March 24 at Daemen College, Shallowhorn will present a talk on managing a life with bipolar disorder.

            Shallowhorn’s presentation, “Over the Wall,” will be at 7 p.m., March 24, in the Social Room in Wick Center on the Daemen campus, 4380 Main Street, in Amherst. This event is free and open to the public and is presented by the Daemen College Social Work & Sociology Department, as part of National Social Work Month.

           “My presentation pertains to my life with bipolar disorder and how I've overcome the disease,” noted Shallowhorn, who was Associate Director for Graduate Admissions at Daemen before joining Horizon. “The title, ‘Over the Wall’ is used to wrap up my talk. While traveling in China for Daemen, I gained a better appreciation for managing stress, and as a result, I was able to break through an emotional wall.


           “In my presentation I share about how I was first diagnosed with bp, as well as how I was able to persist through college. I will also provide some basic information on depression, common types of mental illness, as well as mental health resources that people can turn to.


           “Although bipolar disorder is a disruptive, long-term condition, you can keep your moods in check by following a treatment plan.”

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