Peer deep into the intricacies of the human mind

By Michael Fortes

A new six-week community education course on psychological health throughout the life span will begin next Tuesday, October 26, as part of the UCSF Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI).

Open to the public, the course is designed to stimulate and inform adult learners.

Topics will include the role of attachment and early childhood behavior, the roller coaster of adolescent moods, anxiety disorders in women, the relative utility of new medications and psychotherapies in modern society, and new clinical and research findings on depression.

Classes will meet from 7 to 8:45 pm on Tuesdays at the San Francisco Jewish Community Center, 3200 California Street, San Francisco. Tuition for the full course is $85. For information or to register on-line, visit, or call (415) 476-2557.

The course title is “Mental Health Across the Lifespan.”  Class topics and dates are:

* OCTOBER 26/ Flirting With Disaster: The Adolescent Roller Coaster—Susan Smiga, MD, associate clinical professor, Department of Psychiatry’ UCSF specialist in adolescent depression and cognitive behavioral therapy

* NOVEMBER 9/ Depression and Evidence-Based Specific Psychotherapies—Stuart Eisendrath, MD, director of clinical services, Langley Porter Psychiatric Institute, and UCSF professor of clinical psychiatry

* NOVEMBER 16/ The Maze of Mood Medications: Selecting the Right Anti-Depressant
—Owen Wolkowitz, MD, professor in residence, Department of Psychiatry; UCSF specialist in psychopharmacology, psychoendocrinology, and mood and anxiety disorders

* NOVEMBER 23/ Traumatic Events and Disasters: Latest Findings From 9/11 and Beyond—Charles Marmar, MD, professor and vice chair, Department of Psychiatry, UCSF; associate chief of staff, Mental Health, San Francisco VA Medical Center

* NOVEMBER 30/ Belonging and Individuality: The Role of Attachment in Mental Health—Alicia Lieberman, PhD, professor in residence, Department of Psychiatry; UCSF Specialist in infant and early childhood mental health and attachment

* DECEMBER 7/ Anxiety Disorders: More Than a Case Of the Nerves—Ellen Haller, MD, adjunct professor and director Adult Psychiatric Clinic, Department of Psychiatry

UCSF Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) is a community education program for adult learners sponsored by the UCSF schools of dentistry, medicine, nursing and pharmacy, the UCSF Medical Center, the UCSF Public Affairs department and the University of California Academic Geriatric Resource Program. The program is supported in part by a grant from the Bernard Osher Foundation.