Fighting Stigma, Promoting Recovery

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On this edition of Conversations from Studio B, host Tom Walker talks with Karen Curlis, a social worker whom has worked with the Ohio Supreme Court, the Attorney General's Office, and various nonprofits to fight stigma, promote recovery, and advocate on behalf of people with mental illnesses. Curlis also suffers from schizoaffective disorder.

“Schizoaffective disorder I would describe as a double-whammy”, says Curlis, “you have the schizophrenic part which has to do with you thoughts; distorted thought, delusions – that kind of part of schizophrenia. And then you have the affective part, and affective means mood. So you have a mood disorder thrown in with the schizophrenia, so you can have depression or mania thrown in with it”.

For more information on the Athens chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, visit