Nova Southeastern University
Health Professions Division (Terry Bldg)
3200 S University Drive
Davie, FL 33328
Facilities are Handicapped Accessible
For Information Call:
According to the National Institute of Mental Health, more than 8 million people are diagnosed with bipolar disorder. Greater than 80% of these cases are classified as severe which can lead
to suicide. Family and friends are left dealing with shock, excruciating grief and complex emotions
that accompany the loss of a loved one to suicide.
Joan Child’s daughter, Pamela, was a clinical psychologist who struggled with issues from an
early age. Bouncing from doctor to doctor in search of treatment, it was only in adulthood, that
she finally got diagnosed with Bipolar I Disorder. Yet the demons still prevailed and in July 1998,
34-year old Pamela Glassman leaped to her death from the window of her father’s 15th floor
balcony. The grief process is always difficult, but a loss through suicide is like no other, and the
grieving can be especially complex and traumatic.
This session will provide an enlightening first-person account of a mother’s journey through grief
and recovery that details the mismanagement of this insidious illness and the inadequacy of the
health profession to treat this disorder.