When an Academic’s Brain Becomes Her Worst Enemy: A True Story -- Book Launch for "Can You Hear the Music? My Journey Through Madness"
Ann Jeffers shares her journey with mental illness, including receiving a diagnosis of bipolar disorder with psychotic features while she was on the tenure-track in the College of Engineering at the University of Michigan. Her illness was complicated by the trauma she experienced as a graduate student at Virginia Tech from multiple incidents of violence including the 2007 mass shooting. At the advice of her medical team, she kept her mental illness hidden from the University of Michigan and continued to teach, attend conferences, and conduct research while actively symptomatic. Her memoir documents her experiences at the height of the illness. Now a tenured associate professor, Jeffers has become a vocal advocate for mental health and disability justice on campus and in the community.