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December 30, 2005

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Bipolar disorder more common in teenage psychiatric patients
Clinicians at Bradley Hospital, the nation's first psychiatric hospital for children and adolescents, have found that bipolar disorder is more common
than expected in teens in a psychiatric inpatient setting.

Bracing for Jan. 1 Medicare changes
On Friday, Thomas Bellevance will make a last pilgrimage to his pharmacy with no small amount of trepidation. He'll receive a larger-than-usual supply of Buspar, Lexapro and Seroquel, powerful psychiatric drugs that keep his schizophrenia and bipolar disorder in check.

Man: Many don't understand mental illness
TEXAS CITY - For Paris Chelette, the recent shooting death of a bipolar man by an air marshal triggered mixed emotions. As an American, he said he understood the need to secure the safety of the plane and its passengers in the aftermath of Sept. 11.

Lithium safe when used as prescribed
Dear Dr. Gott: I'm a 52-year-old male and have been on lithium for 21 years for bipolar illness. I take between 900 milligrams and 1,200 milligrams per day and have never suffered side effects. Are there serious long-term effects, and will the lithium continue to be as effective?

Proposed Law Would Force Mentally Ill Patients To Be Treated
Albuquerque Mayor Martin Chavez is proposing a new law that would allow the city to force violent mentally ill patients to stay on their treatments.

Waiting for care
Harrisburg State Hospital's closing has affected patients with mental illnesses at York Hospital.

Deadly rampage leaves loved ones asking why
A 56-year-old woman is found riddled with bullets, her body set ablaze in her northwest Detroit home. A 23-year-old United Parcel Service worker is discovered in a pool of blood near trash bins in a Livonia Wal-Mart parking lot. The body of a 22-year-old man turns up behind the wheel of an SUV in Redford Township, an apparent suicide.

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