I will be discussing my latest book, “Depression Delusion Volume One: The Myth of the Brain Chemical Imbalance” (publication date 02 September 2015) at The Far Side Arts Festival, Athlone, Ireland, on Saturday September 19th 2015, 3 pm.

The format will likely be similar to my talk at the 2013 Athlone Literary Festival, which was in conversation format with Dara White of the Irish mental health group Renew Ireland. That format worked well. Being more like a conversation than a presentation, I think it felt real and spontaneous for the 200+audience members.  A general discussion followed the conversation. The discussion was not recorded in the video. Afterwards, many members of the audience described the talk as “energising”,  “engaging”, “invigorating”, “very positive”, “informative and empowering”. The conversation and subsequent discussion covered a wide range of topics such as mental health, mental illness, depression, suicide, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia,  eating disorders including anorexia, OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder) psychiatry, medication and mental health recovery. Here is a link to that talk, titled “From ‘Beyond Prozac’ to ‘Selfhood’ and beyond: A Conversation with Dr. Terry Lynch”.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=85Ync0GeIhQ

Here is a link to a recent blog I wrote about my latest book, described by American psychiatrist Peter Breggin as “an inestimable service to the health professions and to humanity” and by Irish psychiatrist Pat Bracken as “a very helpful book”.  http://www.recoveryourmentalhealth.com/my-next-book-depression-delusion-volume-one-the-myth-of-the-brain-chemical-imbalance-publication-date-02-sept-2015/

I’m sure that, like the 2013 Athlone Literary Festival talk, this conversation will be wide-ranging, spontaneous and informative, with plenty of time for audience participation. I anticipate that, like the 2013 Athlone talk, this one will likely last about an hour or so, with a considerable amount of extra time for discussion. I will again be in conversation with Dara White of Renew Ireland.

I understand that a small fee of 5 Euro applies. As room capacity was exceeded for the 2013 talk in Athlone, booking early might be advisable. Places can be booked by emailing the festival at tfsfest@gmail.com

For more information about the talk, see the event website, http://heyevent.com/event/656112541189244/exploring-the-depression-delusion

Terry.