Damon Tweedy, M.D. — Facing the Unseen: The Struggle to Center Mental Health in Medicine - with Dinah Miller — at The Wharf

Upcoming Event
Friday, April 19, 2024 - 7:00pm

As much as we all might wish that mental health problems, with their elusive causes and unsettling behaviors, simply did not exist, millions of people suffer from them, sometimes to an extreme extent. Many others face addiction to alcohol and other drugs, as overdose and suicide deaths abound. Yet the vast majority of doctors receive minimal instruction in treating these conditions during their lengthy medical training. This mismatch ignores the clear overlap between physical and mental distress, and too-often puts psychiatrists on the outside looking in as the medical system continues to fail many patients.

In Facing The Unseen, bestselling author, professor of psychiatry, and practicing physician Damon Tweedy guides us through his days working in outpatient clinics, emergency rooms, and hospitals as he meets people from all walks of life who are grappling with physical and psychological illnesses. In powerful, compassionate, and eloquent prose, Tweedy argues for a more comprehensive and integrated approach where people with mental illness have a health care system that places their full well-being front and center.

Damon Tweedy, MD is a professor of psychiatry at Duke University School of Medicine and staff physician at the Durham Veteran Affairs Health System. His first book, Black Man in a White Coat, was a New York Times Bestseller, selected by TIME magazine as one of the Top 10 Non-fiction books of that year. He has also published articles about race, medicine, and mental health in medical journals and print publications including The New York Times and The Washington Post.

Tweedy will be in conversation with Dinah Miller, a psychiatrist and writer in Baltimore, Maryland.  She has been a long-time blogger, a columnist for Clinical Psychiatry News and Medscape, and is the co-author of two nonfiction books: Shrink Rap: Three Psychiatrists Explain Their Work and Committed: The Battle Over Involuntary Psychiatric Care. She is a former president of the Maryland Psychiatric Society and is on faculty at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.

This event is free with first come, first served seating.

610 Water St SW
Washington, DC 20024
The Wharf
Non Fiction
Facing the Unseen: The Struggle to Center Mental Health in Medicine By Damon Tweedy, M.D. Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250284891
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Published: St. Martin's Press - April 9th, 2024