Challenging Empathy: A Conversation about Bipolar Disorder with Orlando Villegas Ph.D., Amy Godwin, and Tiffani O’ Leary

Monday, June 17, 2024 - 6:30pm

Schuler Books
Gateway Center
7260 Orchard Lake Road,
West Bloomfield Twp, MI 48322

View bipolar disorder through the experience of two Michigan mothers and the psychologist that brought them together. 

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About the Book
"Two struggling mothers, each with a son diagnosed with bipolar disorder, brought together through one psychologist. Join them all as they share their struggles and their triumphs in raising and treating David and Nick. From the mother's first gut instincts during early childhood, to a diagnosis and treatment, to adulthood; these are the journeys of two boys through the eyes of their mothers and the clinical impressions of their psychologist. Their writings were a way to reprocess their interactions with David and Nick to get a better understanding of what they pined through without having guidelines, consistent advice, or a clear goal other than improving quality of life. They share the intensity of everyday moments and their deep, consuming emotions that have challenged their ability to empathize.


About the Author:
Orlando Villegas was born in Lima, Peru and received his MA In Psychology from the Pontificia Universidad Catolica delPeru. He came to the US to continue his studies in human psychology and obtained his MA in counseling from Oakland University in Rochester Hills, MI and his Ph.D. from Wayne State University. He holds a Psychology license and a Professional Counselor license in the State of Michigan. Among his accomplishments, Dr. Villegas has not only produced the first official Spanish translation for the Connors Scales for the assessment of ADHD symptoms, but also authored several trilingual publications with Oakland Schools on child and adolescent behaviors.

Tiffani O’Leary was born in Kalamazoo, MI. She has two children and three step children and enjoys spending time with her family. Tiffani has been a license insurance agent for over 25 years as well as working in hospital administration where she has been able to gain greater knowledge in healthcare and the effects of mental illness. Tiffani loves music, the game of golf and traveling with her husband.

Amy Godwin was born in Farmington, MI. Amy is a proud mom and grandma and loves spending time with her family. Amy has been an income tax consultant for many years and is also a licensed Medical Assistant having worked in various healthcare fields. She enjoys music, baking and canning and loves DIY as well as camping with her family.

Challenging Empathy: Bipolar Disorder Through the Eyes of Two Mothers and the Therapist By Orlando Villegas D., Amy Godwin, Tiffani O' Leary Cover Image
ISBN: 9781489748348
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Published: Liferich - August 23rd, 2023