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The University of Michigan Depression Center’s Bright Nights™ public forum series gives community members the opportunity to obtain up-to-date information on a variety of topics related to depression. The forums are designed to allow for discussion and Q & A between audience members and expert panelists.

Each forum begins with an overview of the evening's topic, presented by an expert from the Depression Center, followed by a Q & A and discussion session between the audience and panel. The panels are comprised of the Depression Center content expert and additional panelists, including participants from outside of the U-M Health System, in order to make this a truly community-wide forum.


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Borderline Personality Disorder

October 3, 2017 | Presenter: Victor Hong

Borderline Personality Disorder is a serious mental illness, but one that is sometimes not well understood, by patients and families, clinicians, and society as a whole.  It is perhaps the most stigmatized disorder in all of medicine, which creates confusion, poor outcomes, and a sense of hopelessness for everyone involved.  Borderline Personality Disorder affects an estimated 18 million Americans during their lifetimes, and causes numerous stressful symptoms, including unstable mood, suicidal and self-harm thoughts and behaviors, and chaotic relationships.  While the disorder causes great distress, treatment varies widely and research is lacking. 

Recent research indicates that the prognosis for those with Borderline Personality Disorder is much better than previously thought, and existing and emerging treatments have demonstrated significant efficacy.  The role of medications in those treatments has been further elucidated, the role of families has been made clear, and a better understanding of how to manage safety concerns has developed.

To learn more about Borderline Personality Disorder, the University of Michigan Depression Center and the Ann Arbor District Library will present a Bright Nights community forum entitled, “Borderline Personality Disorder, Debunking Myths and Improving Hope” on Tuesday, October 3, from 7:00-8:30 p.m. in the Multi-Purpose Room of the downtown Ann Arbor District Library (corner of S. Fifth Ave. and William).

Victor Hong, MD, Clinical Instructor, Department of Psychiatry, University of Michigan will give a brief presentation on Borderline Personality Disorder and its management, followed by a panel discussion.

Bright Nights is open to the public and there is no charge for attendance. For more information, please visit the Depression Center website at, or contact Stephanie Salazar, 232-0330, or

Self-Compassion as a Resilience Factor in Mental Health

November 14, 2017 | Presenter: Ricks Warren

Topic TBA

March 20, 2018 | Presenter: TBD

Past Forums

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