Mental Illness Awareness Week: Recovery is Possible – Bipolar Disorder
Dr. Saaid Khojasteh – is currently the Chief of Dept. of Psychiatry at St. Joseph Hospital in St. Charles and Wentzville, and Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, MO. He is board certified in Adolescent, Adult, and Geriatric Psychiatry. He has been in private practice since 1989. He has been involved in teaching, pharmaceutical research, and mental health advocacy. He is the President of the Board of Electus Academy, a not-for-profit alternative school in St. Peters, MO. He has been the recipient of NAMI’s Mortimer Gordon Award, and recognized as one of eighteen Exemplary Psychiatrists nationally.
Ignacio Gomez – was born in Colombia, South America, and has lived in the United States for 31 years. He is happily married to Cindy, and they have 5 wonderful sons. He enjoys his work as a sales person and spending time with his family. He was diagnosed with manic depression (bipolar disorder), and since 1984 has learned to live successfully with the illness.
Justin Idleburg joined the Independence Center, two years ago, after being diagnosed with bipolar disorder. He enjoys many programs there and works in the video lab 4-5 days each week. He enjoys reading history and is interested in doing whatever he can to reduce the stigma of mental illness.