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Church lecture series to focus on mental health

Dr. Constantine Lyketsos
Dr. Constantine Lyketsos

Church of the Redeemer in Homeland has started a mental health lecture series, focusing on topics ranging from autism to eating disorders.

The series will end with an ecumenical service at the Episcopal church, on Dec. 7.

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The free series of four lectures on consecutive Wednesdays began Oct. 19 with Raymond DePaulo, director of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, discussing depression and bipolar disease and advances in research.

The series continues Nov. 2 with Jennifer Moran, a staff psychologist at Sheppard Pratt, talking about eating disorders that affect 10 million Americans.

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On Nov. 16, Elaine Williams, who works with the developmentally disabled, and Linda Pearl, who works with families for Catholic Charities, will talk about the causes, signs and treatment of autism, drawing on their clinical and personal experiences.

Both are past presidents of the Baltimore-Chesapeake Chapter of the Autism Society of America and co-founders of Itineris, a program for adults with autism. Pearl is co-founder and co-chair of the Adult Autism Resource Group, and a member of the Baltimore County Commission on Disabilities. She is also the parent of an autistic adult.

On. Nov. 30, Dr. Constantine Lyketsos will discuss effective ways of caring for people with dementia and how their families can make a significant difference in their quality of life.

Lyketsos, director of the Memory and Alzheimer's Treatment Center on the Bayview campus of Johns Hopkins University, is considered a world expert on the care of patients with memory impairments.

The Interfaith Service of Hope and Healing will end the series Dec. 7, and will be geared toward those dealing with emotional and psychological issues.

Ellen Chatard, the church's program director, said the lecture series is more an effort to reach out to the community than it is faith-based.

"Frankly, we have a lot of medical people here in the parish," Chatard said.

"People tend to shy away from discussion of these things. They're awkward," said Dr. Walter Windisch, of Towson, a parishioner and neuropsychologist, who helped organize the lecture series.

Church of the Redeemer is located at 5603 N. Charles St. For more information, go to http://www.redeemeronline.com.

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