In its fourth season, the show follows the struggles, dreams, and friendships of a diverse group of women—and one man—living with their spouses and families on an active Army post. The series is based on the book “Army Wives” by Tanya Biank and stars Kim Delaney (Claudia Joy Holden), Sally Pressman (Roxy LeBlanc), Brigid Brannagh (Pamela Moran), Brian McNamara (Michael Holden), Sterling K. Brown (Roland Burton), Wendy Davis (Joan Burton), Drew Fuller (Trevor LeBlanc), Terry Serpico (Frank Sherwood), Katelyn Pippy (Emmalin Holden), and Catherine Bell (Denise Sherwood).
Writers: Tanya Biank, Cynthia Cohen, Rebecca Dameron, Deb Fordham,
Katherine Fugate, Dee Johnson, Rama Laurie Stagner, Karen Maser, Jeff
Messina Stanley, T.D. Mitchell, John E. Pogue, Jennifer Schuur, James
Stanley, Nick Thiel, Bruce Zimmerman
Producers: Harry V. Bring, Cynthia Cohen, Barbara D’Alessandro, Deb Fordham, Katherine Fugate, Mark Gordon, Gil Grant, Celia Hamel, Dee Johnson, Erick J. Kovars, Rama Laurie Stagner, Karen Maser, Jeff Melvoin, Diane Messina Stanley, Marshall Persinger, Alex Shevchenko, Deborah Spera, James Stanley, Nick Thiel, Bruce Zimmerman
(Season 6, Episode 13: How About a Friendly Shrink?)
Katherine (Dana Delany) struggles to keep her grip after Mike (James Denton) leaves her to remarry Susan (Teri Hatcher). Katherine is very angry with Susan and seems to be in denial, telling Orson (Kyle MacLachlan) and Bree (Marcia Cross) that she believes Mike will come back to her. In the episode “Boom Crunch,” Katherine stabs herself and blames it on Mike. Katherine had been lying to her daughter, Dylan (Lyndsy Fonseca), about her life with Mike, telling her about the presents Mike had given her and the nice things that he had done. She had a breakdown shortly after Dylan confronted her about her lies. Katherine spent some time in the hospital, where she withdrew from the other housewives, not believing that they could forgive her for the things she had done. But in the episode “How About a Friendly Shrink?,” Karen (Kathryn Joosten), Bree, Lynette (Felicity Huffman), Gabrielle (Eva Longoria Parker), and Susan forgive her and convince her to return to Wisteria Lane.
Producers: Matt Berry, Marc Cherry, Alexandra Cunningham, Bob Daily, David Flebotte, Jamie Gorenberg, David Grossman, Stephanie Hagen, Joe Keenan, Peter Lefcourt, Joey Murphy, John Pardee, Marco Pennette, George W. Perkins, Larry Shaw, Charles Skouras III, Dana N. Wilson, Sabrina Wind
(Season 6, Episodes 1-2: Good Mourning; Goodbye)
Dr. Cristina Yang (Sandra Oh) and Dr. Owen Hunt (Kevin McKidd) are having relationship issues. Their therapist wants the couple to talk about an incident that occurred as a result of Hunt’s post-traumatic stress disorder, but both were hesitant. Upon awakening from a disturbing nightmare, Hunt finally has a breakthrough and tells Yang that in his dream, he was fighting for his own life, not trying to hurt her. Yang accepts his explanation, and both are able to sleep peacefully again.
Writer: Krista Vernoff
Producers: Jenna Bans, Betsy Beers, Debora Cahn, Tammy Ann Casper, Zoanne Clack, Rob Corn, Karin Gleason, Mark Gordon, Allan Heinberg, Linda Klein, Stacy McKee, Tony Phelan, Jeff Rafner, Joan Rater, Shonda Rhimes, Lisa Taylor, Chris Van Dusen, Krista Vernoff, Mark Wilding
(Season 1, Episode 11: Lines in the Sand)
After four years of trying to track her down, Jack is reunited with his estranged sister, Becky, and quickly makes her treatment for schizophrenia his number one priority. Things prove to be more difficult than expected when another family member arrives and offers unsolicited advice. As Jack tries to help his sister, Veronica enlists his help with Clay, an Iraq war veteran who was committed after he shot himself in the hand in front of his wife and son. As Clay continues to suffer from both amnesia and post-traumatic stress disorder, Jack struggles to help him remember the details of the wartime attack that left him traumatized. Meanwhile, Jack’s own family ties provide unexpected insight into Clay’s situation as well as his own life.
Writer: Dan Levine
Producers: Samuel Duque, Paul D. Goldman, Rob LaBelle, Dan Levine, Deborah Joy LeVine, Rob Merilees, Iain Paterson, Ari Posner, Jonathan A. Rosenbaum
(Season 1, Episode 4: Pulling the Goalie)
While helping a veteran get treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder, Veronica’s own issues from Iraq surface. When the head doctor orders Veronica to discharge the veteran without treatment, a verbal confrontation ensues, and the veteran disappears out the back door. After Veronica locates the veteran, she gets him the support he needs and helps him get into a halfway house.
Writers: Peter Elkoff
Producers: Jay Beattie, Gretchen J. Berg, Gail Berman, James Bigwood, Lloyd Braun, Peter Chomsky, Dan Dworkin, Peter Elkoff, Toni Graphia, Aaron Harberts, Liz Heldens, Matt Ward
(Season 1, Episodes 1–3: Pilot; Man Versus Possum; The Deep End of the Pool)
Adam and Kristina attempt to come to terms with son Max’s condition. Dr. Pelican (Tom Amandes) acknowledges that Max is very high functioning, but his symptoms are consistent with Asperger’s Syndrome. Everyday family activities are called into question as Adam faces his own feelings of denial. Meanwhile, their job is to help Max uncover his gifts. Adam admits he doesn’t know how to deal with his Asperger’s Syndrome. Max is smart and beautiful; there’s so much potential and so much hope. Luckily the whole, big messy family will be there to help.
Writers: Jeff Greenstein, Jason Katims
Producers: Julie DeJoie, Becky Hartman Edwards, Dylan K. Massin, Devin Rich, Lauren Schmidt, Lawrence Trilling, Patrick Ward, Sarah Watson
Starring Claire Danes, Julia Ormond, Catherine O’Hara, and David Strathairn, “Temple Grandin” paints a picture of a young woman’s perseverance and determination while struggling with the isolating challenges of autism at a time when it was still quite unknown. The film chronicles Temple’s (Danes) early diagnosis; her turbulent growth and development during her school years; the enduring support she received from her mother (Ormond), her aunt (O’Hara), and her science teacher (Strathairn); and her emergence as a woman with an innate sensitivity and understanding of animal behavior. Undaunted by educational, social, and professional roadblocks, Grandin turned her unique talent into a behavioral tool that revolutionized the cattle industry and laid the groundwork for her successful career as an author, lecturer, and pioneering advocate for autism and autism spectrum disorder education. This visually inventive HBO film offers insights into Grandin’s world, taking the audience inside her mind with a series of snapshot images that trace her self perceptions and journey from childhood through young adulthood to the beginning of her career and beyond.
Merritt Johnson, Christopher Monger
Producers: Gil Bellows, Dante Di Loreto, Anthony Edwards, Scott Ferguson, Emily Gerson Saines, Paul Lister, Alison Owen, Greg Spence
Romance can be risky, perplexing, and filled with the perils of miscommunication—and that’s if you aren’t Adam, for whom life itself is this way. In this heartfelt romantic comedy, Hugh Dancy stars as Adam, a handsome but intriguing young man with Asperger’s Syndrome who has all his life led a sheltered existence—until he meets his new neighbor, Beth (Rose Byrne), a beautiful, cosmopolitan young woman who pulls him into the outside world with funny, touching, and entirely unexpected results. Their implausible and enigmatic relationship reveals just how far two people from different realities can stretch in search of an extraordinary connection.
Writer: Max Mayer
Producers: Miranda De Pencier, Gary Guidice, Marc Lieberman, Geoff Linville, Dan Revers, Leslie Urdang, Dean Vanech, Christina Weiss Lurie
PRECIOUS: BASED ON THE NOVEL 'PUSH' BY SAPPHIRE
Set in Harlem in 1987, it is the story of Claireece “Precious” Jones (Gabourey Sidibe), a 16-year-old African-American girl born into a life no one would want. She’s pregnant for the second time by her absent father and must wait hand-and-foot on her mother (Mo’Nique), a poisonously angry woman who abuses Precious emotionally and physically. School is a place of chaos, and Precious has reached the ninth grade with good marks and an awful secret: she can neither read nor write. Precious may sometimes be down, but she is never out. Beneath her impassive expression is a watchful, curious young woman with an inchoate but unshakeable sense that other possibilities exist for her. Threatened with expulsion, Precious is offered the chance to transfer to an alternative school, Each One/Teach One. Precious doesn’t know the meaning of “alternative,” but her instincts tell her this is the chance she has been waiting for. In the literacy workshop taught by the patient, yet firm Ms. Rain (Paula Patton), Precious begins a journey that will lead her from darkness, pain, and powerlessness to light, love, and self-determination.
Writers: Geoffrey Fletcher (screenplay), Sapphire
(the novel “Push”)
Producers: Lisa Cortes, Lee Daniels, Tom Heller, Valerie Hoffman, Asger Hussain, Gary Magness, Mark G. Mathis, Tyler Perry, Andrew Sforzini, Simone Sheffield, Sarah Siegel-Magness, Bergen Swanson, Oprah Winfrey
THE DRY LAND
James (Ryan O’Nan) returns from Iraq to face a new battle—reintegrating into his small-town life in Texas. His wife (America Ferrera), his mother (Melissa Leo), and his friend (Jason Ritter) provide support, but they can’t fully understand the pain and suffering he feels since his tour of duty ended. Lonely, James reconnects with an army buddy (Wilmer Valderrama), who provides him with compassion and camaraderie during his battle to process his experiences in Iraq. Their reunion also exposes the different ways that war affects people—at least on the surface. This moving, taut story of redemption and reconstruction extends beyond a post-traumatic stress disorder narrative. O’Nan is heartbreaking as he explores the depths of his internal struggle, and Ferrera fearlessly tackles her role of a young wife in turmoil. The Dry Land is about one man’s fight within his own terrain—his country, home, and mind—and his journey to rebuild what he’s lost.
Ryan Piers Williams
Producers: Sergio Aguero, Nikki Barbanell, Jason Michael Berman, Moctesuma Esparza, America Ferrera, Lindsay Hovel, Margo Johnston, Mark G. Mathis, Laura Mehlhaff, Heather Rae
NO KIDDING, ME TOO!
Directed by actor and mental health advocate Joe Pantoliano, “No Kidding, Me Too!” is an empowering film that seeks to fight the stigma associated with mental illness. It is shot using candid, and often humorous, discussions with Pantoliano and his family on their struggle with his own clinical depression, as well as the compelling stories of five other people from all walks of life: Maj. Joe who has been living with post-traumatic stress disorder, a brain surgeon with bipolar disorder, a psychologist with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, and three high school students managing bipolar disorder and clinical depression. Each frankly discusses the struggles they endured before being diagnosed, including attempts at self medication and other destructive behavior, as well as the hope and encouragement they discover when managing their own recovery and realizing they are not alone.
Writers: Chris Campbell, Joe Pantoliano,
Producers: Chris Campbell, Ben Churchill, Joseph Greco, John Hook, Paul Mayersohn, Peter McIntosh, Lauren Millner, Eddie Mordujovich, Joe Pantoliano
THIS EMOTIONAL LIFE
“This Emotional Life” is a three-part series that explores improving social relationships, learning to cope with depression and anxiety, and becoming more positive, resilient individuals. Professor Daniel Gilbert, Harvard psychologist and best-selling author of “Stumbling on Happiness,” talks with experts about the latest science on what makes us “tick” and how we can find support for the emotional issues we all face. Each episode weaves together the compelling personal stories of ordinary people and the latest scientific research, along with revealing comments from celebrities like Chevy Chase, Larry David, Alanis Morissette, Robert Kennedy, Jr., and Richard Gere. The series also features an Iraq war veteran and his family who share their knowledge and experience with the challenges facing America’s veterans.
Producers: Paula Apsell, Bonnie Benjamin-Phariss, Richard Hutton, Graham Judd, Peter W. Kunhardt, Dyllan McGee, Lisa Mirowitz, Mary Robertson, Hilary Sparrow, Sabin Streeter
COMING HOME: MILITARY FAMILIES COPE WITH CHANGE
Part of Sesame Workshop’s Talk, Listen, Connect initiative for military families, “Coming Home: Military Families Cope with Change” is a primetime family television special that tells the stories of military families coping with the challenges of combat-related injuries—both visible and invisible. Featuring John Mayer, Queen Latifah, and Sesame Street characters, “Coming Home” explores the different ways these heroic families are coming together to find a “new normal” and gives a voice to young children as they play a central role in their families’ adjustment process. The special, which was developed in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Defense, encourages them to ask questions, talk about how they feel, and be what they are—kids. Queen Latifah hosts, meeting real families dealing with combat-related injuries including the loss of a leg, traumatic brain injury, and post-traumatic stress disorder.
Writer: Christine Ferraro
Producers: Andrew Ames, Livia Beasley, Rob Burnett, Kevin Clash, Christina Delfico, Jim Fabio, Rebecca Gitlitz, Lisa Lax, David Letterman, Valerie Schaer, Liz Sorem, Nancy Stern
Moe Armstrong first experienced psychiatric symptoms at age 21 while in Vietnam and hospitalized with major mental illness. He was discharged and drifted between New Mexico and California. At the end of the 1980s, Moe completed broadcasting school and worked briefly at KUNM Public Radio in Albuquerque. His success in broadcasting school encouraged him to return to college where he earned two bachelor’s degrees and two master’s degrees.
While in New Mexico, Armstrong also held several jobs advocating for consumers’ rights, including four years working at the Veterans Registrar’s Office at the College of Santa Fe. There, he started the Vet-to-Vet Program, which is now in Veterans Centers in 39 cities and is being studied as part of a research project on peer support by the New England Mental Illness Research Education and Clinical Center of the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Yale University Department of Psychiatry.
He moved to Massachusetts and directed recovery services at Vinfen, a human service organization. Moe gives workshops to mental health professionals, consumers, and their families about how to recover from mental health problems and addiction through peer support meetings. In 2006, he received the Special Achievement and Outstanding Contributions in Psychological Rehabilitation Awards from the American Psychological Association. He was the first winner of NAMI’s Lionel Aldridge Award, as well. Moe has dedicated his life to the development of rehabilitation and peer education in the mental health field.
Moe now works for the Errera Community Care Center in Connecticut.
Gayle Bluebird has been in the consumer/survivor movement for more than 30 years. Her awakening came when, after leaving her family because of overwhelming sadness and a wish to withdraw from life, she spent time in residential treatment that she found to be abusive.
Her work as a psychiatric nurse combined with her experience as a consumer gave her a unique perspective as an advocate.
In the 1990s she was hired by the Broward County, Florida, Department of Children and Families. There she created the Office of Consumer Affairs, leading a team of consumers in facilitating satisfaction focus groups in all of the community mental health agencies and inpatient facilities.
In 1998 and 1999 she worked as a peer advocate at South Florida State Hospital. She developed “Comfort Rooms,” which she continues to replicate in hospitals throughout the country.
In 2000–2003, she worked for the Florida Advocacy Center for Persons with Disabilities. She wrote two SAMHSA-funded guidebooks, “Reaching Across with the Arts” and “Participatory Dialogues.”
In 2004, Bluebird became a consultant to the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors where she created the Office of Technical Assistance for Peer Networking and wrote “Paving New Ground,” also producing the accompanying DVD.
She currently works as a consultant to Delaware Psychiatric Center where she provides training for peer specialists who are beginning their inpatient work. She continues to work nationally to promote networks for talented consumer artists and to create peer roles in inpatient settings.
Frederick J. Frese III, Ph.D., is a psychologist with more than 40 years experience in public mental health care. Until 1995, Frese was Director of Psychology for 15 years at Western Reserve Psychiatric Hospital. Now he is the Coordinator of the Summit County Recovery Project, serving recovering consumers in and around Akron, OH.
Diagnosed with schizophrenia as a young Marine Corps officer, Frese is also a consumer. Despite his disability, he earned a degree from the American Graduate School of International Management in Phoenix and a doctorate in psychology from Ohio University.
Frese holds a clinical faculty appointment in psychiatry at Case Western Reserve University and is an Associate Professor of Psychology in Psychiatry at the Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine. He founded the Community and State Hospital Section of the American Psychological Association and is past president of the National Mental Health Consumers’ Association. For 12 years, he served on NAMI’s Board of Directors. He is also a member of the Board of Scientific Advisors for Schizophrenia Bulletin.
Frese has authored numerous articles and book chapters and has lectured widely on schizophrenia. One of his most recent projects was to serve as a panelist on the PBS program “Minds on the Edge: Facing Mental Illness,” which aired in October 2009 and was produced to advance consensus about how to improve support and treatment for people with mental illness. Dr. Michael Hogan, Chair of the President’s New Freedom Commission on Mental Health, has called Frese “a national treasure.”
Clarence Jordan, a former Navy commander and successful businessman, seemed to have it all until he could no longer hide his mental health problems. He resigned his commission and, for many years, masked his depression by abusing alcohol and drugs. When a judge gave Jordan the choice of treatment or jail, Jordan was successfully treated in 1998 at a Nashville community mental health center and began a new career in the behavioral health field.
Now, Jordan is the Director of Recovery and Resiliency Services for the State of Tennessee at ValueOptions Behavioral Health Services, the Nation’s largest independent behavioral healthcare company. In this role, Jordan helps shape policy and speaks in a national forum regarding recovery issues.
Jordan has also been involved in a myriad of outside initiatives, including serving as Operations Officer and Director of the Multicultural Outreach Initiative at NAMI Tennessee and serving on the board of directors of NAMI National. His literary outreach includes being profiled in an article written by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Kenneth J. Cooper on depression and African-American men and writing The Guide to Mental Illness—What Every Family Needs to Know, which earned the National Multicultural Outreach Award for NAMI Tennessee. In addition, he testified earlier this year in front of the United States Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs.
Jordan openly shares his story and educates others through speaking engagements, published articles, and other means. His experience as a veteran, a consumer, and someone with a criminal justice history allows him to connect with a wide audience.
LaVerne Daisy Miller, B.A., J.D., has worked for Policy Research Associates in Delman, New York, since 2007, first as a consultant and currently as a Senior Project Associate. She provides technical assistance to SAMHSA-funded jail diversion projects, is the Co-director of the SAMHSA-funded Family and Consumer Statewide Network Technical Assistance Center, and provides technical assistance and support to the nine grantees of the Mental Health Transformation State Incentive Grants. She works to increase and integrate the voices of consumers, family members, and youth in transformation activities and to increase the leadership capacity of statewide networks and organizations.
Since adolescence, she has lived with bipolar disorder. She has devoted the “second chapter” in her career to ensuring that mental health consumers and families enjoy all of the benefits of a healthy and productive life in their communities. Her recovery journey continues with the assistance and support of family, friends, and colleagues.
In 1996, she became the Director of the award-winning and nationally recognized Howie the Harp Peer Advocacy Center in New York City. During her tenure, the center’s budget and programming tripled. The program aims to train, place, and support consumers to work in human services. The center’s Forensic Peer Specialist Training Program was one of the first of its kind in the country. She has since provided technical assistance to several states and programs to develop similar programs and is a much sought-after speaker and trainer.
Janet Paleo is the ultimate “prosumer” who constantly demonstrates—by example—that recovery is possible. She teaches others with mental illnesses how to take back their lives, receive job training, get and keep jobs, and make places for themselves in their communities. She also is the founder and director of Prosumers International, which describes a prosumer as someone who “is proactive in his or her recovery and who provides or gives back to the community.” Paleo also is the editor of Prosumers International’s monthly newsletter.
At home and abroad, Paleo has made numerous presentations on empowerment to achieve recovery to organizations throughout the United States, including SAMHSA, the San Antonio Housing Authority, and colleges in the San Antonio area—her home turf. She addressed the State Bar of Texas on that State’s mental health system, consumer rights, and the continuity of care from a consumer perspective, and she has delivered her messages to audiences as far away as Hong Kong, Taipai, Taiwan, and Australia. When not speaking, she has filmed and produced videos that educate and empower people with disabilities, including Prosumers in Recovery and MR Choice.
Paleo is the past Chair of the NAMI Texas Consumer Council, which brings the voice of consumers to NAMI Texas, and has received numerous awards and honors. These include the 2005 Texas Governor’s Award, radio station KQUE’s Ultimate Woman of the Month, the NAMI National Consumer Council Ken Steele Award, and the 2001 Bexar County (Texas) Center for Health Care Services Consumer/Family Star Award.
Lorrin Gehring began advocating for the rights of youth in the mental health care system and the organizations that serve them at the age of 15, when she joined Health N’ Action, a system of care youth advocacy group in Washington State. Now, with a decade of experience as a professional as well as a consumer, Gehring is a trainer, an accomplished author—she recently co-authored a guide on youth involvement—and a national advocate for youth mental health services.
Through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) Caring for Every Child’s Mental Health Campaign, Gehring has conducted spokesperson trainings for young people who are involved in systems of care and has supported system of care communities by engaging youth in social marketing. She has helped establish local and statewide youth groups in a variety of communities throughout the country and has assisted organizations in creating plans and infrastructure to sustain youth programs. In her roles at the National Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health and the Technical Assistance Partnership for Child and Family Mental Health, Gehring developed and managed youth leadership tracks at national conferences and collaborated in a variety of nationwide, youth-guided efforts.
Recently hired by Volunteers of America as a housing case manager at the Homeless Youth Resource Center in Salt Lake City, Gehring is a widow and the proud mom of three-year-old son Max.
Former First Lady Rosalynn Carter has worked for more than three decades to improve the quality of life for people around the world. Today, she is an advocate for mental health, caregiving, early childhood immunization, human rights, and conflict resolution through her work at The Carter Center in Atlanta, Ga., a private, nonprofit institution founded by former President and Mrs. Jimmy Carter in 1982.
A full partner with the President in all the center’s activities, the former first lady is a member of The Carter Center Board of Trustees. She created and chairs The Carter Center’s Mental Health Task Force and hosts the annual Rosalynn Carter Symposium on Mental Health Policy, bringing together leaders of the Nation’s mental health organizations to address critical issues. Mrs. Carter emerged as a driving force for mental health when, during the Carter administration, she became active honorary chair of the President’s Commission on Mental Health, which resulted in passage of the Mental Health Systems Act of 1980.
Outside the center, Mrs. Carter is President of the Board of Directors for the Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving (RCI) at Georgia Southwestern State University, which was established in her honor on the campus of her alma mater in Americus, GA.
A mother of four, she has maintained a lifelong dedication to issues affecting women and children. In 1991, she launched with Mrs. Betty Bumpers, wife of former U.S. Senator Dale Bumpers of Arkansas, “Every Child by Two,” a nationwide campaign to publicize the need for early childhood immunizations. She also works with Habitat for Humanity and Project Interconnections, a public/private nonprofit partnership to provide housing for homeless people with mental illnesses.
Since graduating from Georgia Southwestern College in l946, Mrs. Carter has received many honors, from the Volunteer of the Decade Award from the National Mental Health Association to the Presidential Medal of Freedom, America’s highest civilian honor. In 2001, she was inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame.
She has written five books, including the awardwinning “Helping Someone with Mental Illness: A Compassionate Guide for Family, Friends, and Caregivers” (with Susan K. Golant). Her latest book is titled “Within Our Reach: Ending the Mental Health Crisis” (with Susan K. Golant and Kathryn E. Cade). Mrs. Carter continues to travel and speak throughout the world, is a deacon at Maranatha Baptist Church in Plains, Ga., and enjoys fly fishing, birdwatching, swimming, and biking in her free time.