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December 11, 2005

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Bhagia: Diagnosis key for bipolar patients
Fairmont Sentinel - Fairmont,MN,USA
... are the stories of people in the Fairmont area who count as just a few of the more than 2.3 million adults nationwide who suffer from bipolar disorder, also ...

Racial Differences in the Treatment of Veterans With Bipolar ...
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Baseline Predictors of Serious Adverse Events at One Year Among ...
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Family sues police over shooting
Miami Herald Sun, 11 Dec 2005 6:28 AM PST
The family members of Cesar Rada say they did everything they could to warn police for years that their son was mentally unstable.

Medicaid drug restrictions concern advocates
phillyburbs.com Sun, 11 Dec 2005 3:15 AM PST
The state Department of Welfare is establishing a preferred drug list that some say will keep patients from getting the medicine they need.

SUSAN AGER: Sick, not dangerous
Detroit Free Press Sun, 11 Dec 2005 2:16 AM PST
Who can name him anymore? Only four days have passed. But that's what happens to victims of our nervous national mentality: they're forgotten, their deaths excused as tragic but inevitable, if we are to feel safe. Let's remind ourselves who we lost last week. His name was Rigoberto Alpizar, Rigo for short.

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Airport bomb hoaxer is shot dead by police; MENTALLY ILL VICTIM COMMITTED 'SUICIDE BY COP', SAYS EXPERT.

The Evening Standard (London, England); 12/8/2005

Byline: AMAR SINGH

A PASSENGER shot and killed by US air marshals after claiming he had a bomb in his bag was mentally ill, witnesses said today.

Federal officials said Rigoberto Alpizar, a 44-year-old from Florida, was shot as he ran off a plane at Miami airport yesterday.

It later emerged he was not carrying any explosives.

Today one security expert said he believed Mr Alpizar had committed "suicide by cop" - forcing the authorities into a situation where they had to shoot him. It was the first time a plane passenger has been shot by air marshals since they were given extra powers after the September 11 attacks.

Mr Alpizar, an American citizen born in Ecuador, and his wife Anne were on American Airlines Flight 924, a Boeing 757 bound for Orlando. They had just arrived on a flight from Quito in Ecuador.

Passenger Mary Gardner told how she heard his wife scream: "My husband, my husband," saying he had bipolar disorder and needed medication. "Her husband-ran through the aisle frantically. She ran after him and all of a sudden there were four or five shots," said Ms Gardner.

A Department of Homeland Security spokesman defended the decision to shoot Mr Alpizar after he refused to drop his bag.

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