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Two teen girls missing: City teens attending school for behavioral disorders in Massachusetts run off to waiting car, then disappear; worried mom awaits news.

Newsday (Melville, NY); 4/12/2006

Byline: Jennifer Sinco Kelleher

Apr. 12--Two New York City teenagers were missing from the Judge Rotenberg Center, a Massachusetts school for severe behavioral disorders in children and young adults, many of them from Long Island, police there said yesterday.

The girls, 16 and 18, were last seen Monday morning after a school bus dropped them off in front of the center's main building, director Matthew Israel said. The girls live in group homes a few minutes from the center's main building, where they were arriving for a day of classes.

"They immediately took off into a wooded area behind the school and a car was waiting for them," Israel said. "We think that perhaps one of them had a boyfriend who picked them up."

The center, in a town south of Boston called Canton, is known for being the only place in the nation that uses mild electric shock to control behavior. A Freeport mother is threatening to sue her school district for sending her son there. Of the center's 255 students, 151 are from New York.

Israel said the girls, who are from Springfield Gardens, Queens, and the Bronx, have never received the electric shock treatment.

School officials and Canton police would not release the girls' names. Canton Police Det. Sgt. James Wolfe said they were reported missing at about 9 a.m. Monday. He said the waiting car was described as a dark-colored, four-door sedan, possibly a Nissan Maxima, with New York plates LWK 7351. Wolfe said the driver of the car was a man.

Linda Cedeno identified the 16-year-old as her daughter, Isabel, who she said ran away as she was going back to the center by bus after Christmas last year.

Isabel had spent the holiday at home in Springfield Gardens and a few days later, Cedeno said, she dropped off the girl at the Port Authority terminal, where a bus with Rotenberg staff was to take her back to Canton. But Isabel ran away and was missing for about a month, her mother said.

Isabel ended up coming home, saying she spent the time away with friends and that she ran away because she didn't want to go back to the center, Cedeno said.

The center has a million-dollar surveillance system with cameras throughout the school, in residences and in vehicles, Rotenberg officials said.

Wolfe said missing cases from the center are rare.

Isabel is schizophrenic, bipolar and suicidal, her mother said. "Anybody could have picked her up," she said. "Anybody could just leave her on a curb."

Copyright (c) 2006, Newsday, Melville, N.Y.

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Drug firms 'hype up diseases to boost sales'.

The Daily Mail (London, England); 4/11/2006

Byline: RICHARD SHEARS

DRUG companies are inventing diseases to sell more of their products, it was claimed yesterday.

Scientists have accused major pharmaceutical firms of ' medicalising' problems like high cholesterol or the symptoms of the menopause in a bid to increase profits.

Experts from around the world will meet in Australia today to discuss what they have labelled 'diseasemongering'.

The group, which includes experts from Britain, will gather in Newcastle, New South Wales, where researchers have been examining the issue.

David Henry and Ray Moynihan, of Newcastle University, claim the industry is exaggerating conditions and turning them into something more serious.

Female sexual dysfunction, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and 'restless legs' syndrome have all been promoted by the pharmaceutical industry in the hope of selling more drugs, they say.

High cholesterol and osteoporosis-are being described as diseases in their own right, the researchers claim, turning healthy people into patients. In turn, this wastes precious resources and can cause medically-induced harm.

Even shyness is routinely presented as a 'social anxiety disorder' resulting in the person being prescribed antidepressants.

In the case of male sexual disfunction, the researchers say, Viagra is promoted as not only a genuine treatment for erectile dysfunction but also a lifestyle improver. The two men make their claims in the Public Library of Science Medicine journal.

They accuse drug companies of funding disease-awareness campaigns through the media that are more about selling drugs than helping or educating the public.

'Like the marketing strategies that drive it, disease-mongering poses a global challenge to those interested in public health, demanding in turn a global response,' they say.

Mr Moynihan and Mr Henry say that, in their view, disease mongering is the selling of sickness that widens the boundaries of illness and grows markets for those who sell and deliver treatments.

'It is exemplified most explicitly by many pharmaceutical industryfunded disease-awareness campaigns, more often designed to sell drugs than to illuminate or to inform or educate about the prevention of illness or the maintenance of health,' they add.

Conference organisers say they will try to draw a line between 'market-driven exercises and legitimate disease-awareness programmes'.

Drugs companies hit back last night. GlaxoSmithKline said: 'We pride ourselves in providing miracle solutions to the health care needs of people every day.

'We utterly refute any suggestion that we would in any way hype or overplay the very real needs of patients that are treated all over the world.

'One of the exciting things about medical science is that we are finding new solutions to ailments or problems people have, and this is something good we can offer.' Pfizer, which makes Viagra, said: 'We would refute accusations that the pharmaceutical industry is medicalising society. Treatments that can make serious and potentially life-threatening conditions better should surely be welcomed.

'Pfizer would only promote prescription medicines to health care professionals, and only in line with what licensing bodies have outlined, for them to use their clinical judgment.'

THE CONDITIONS . . . AND THE CRITICISMS THE conditions at the heart of the debate include: Irritable Bowel Syndrome. Symptoms: Constipation, cramps and diarrhoea. Criticism: Portrayed as a serious ailment requiring therapy, despite often a being minor problem.

Restless Legs. Symptoms: Unpleasant feelings which cause an urge to move legs. Criticism: A rare condition which is often exaggerated.

Menopause. Symptoms: Hot flushes, night sweating, loss of libido. Criticism: Regularly painted as part of a disorder, despite being a normal phase in life.

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.

Symptoms: Inability of children to pay attention, combined with hyperactive behaviour. Criticism: Escalation of drug prescriptions during the 1990s in the wake of pharmaceutical industry concentration on the education system.

Bipolar Disorder. Symptoms: Mood swings between manic highs and extreme lows. Criticism: Upsurge in 'awareness campaigns' encouraging people to monitor their moods.

COPYRIGHT 2006 Solo Syndication Limited

This material is published under license from the publisher through the Gale Group, Farmington Hills, Michigan. All inquiries regarding rights should be directed to the Gale Group.

Life can go on: People with mental illness need not hide, be shut away.

News-Sentinel (Fort Wayne, IN); 4/10/2006

Byline: Erika Nordblom

Apr. 10--The image is haunting. A small painting depicts ghostly figures and abstract images in vibrant shades of turquoise, orange and magenta. Whoever painted this picture clearly has an unusual depth of feeling and perception about the world around them. The artist, Justin Blessing, was killed in 1996. Blessing suffered from schizophrenia, a serious mental disorder that may have contributed to his death at age 21. He died a decade ago, but Blessing's memory lives in the hearts of the members of Pi chapter of Psi Iota Xi, a philanthropic society that raises money for good causes around Fort Wayne. Helping people like him is the goal behind their Les Arts de la Table fundraiser April 18. The guest speaker will be mental health advocate David Kaczynski, brother of the Unabomber Ted Kaczynski. A preview will be held April 17. Proceeds from both events will go to Carriage House, a not-for-profit organization for individuals coping with mental illness, to build a training facility called Chad's House Blessing's painting hangs on a second-floor wall in Carriage House. In 1996, two years after he was diagnosed with schizophrenia, Blessing stopped taking the medication that controlled the severe disturbances in thinking and behavior that characterizes the disease. The promising IPFW art student was hit by a car as he wandered along an isolated stretch of road at 4 a.m.

Tom Weir, associate director of Carriage House, said Blessing's death became an impetus for change. "There needed to be something more than the traditional therapies, and after Justin was killed people realized something needed to be done," he said. Carriage House opened its doors in 1997 with the backing of families like Dr. Steve and Joyce Glock, whose son lives with mental illness. It operates under a system of treatment known as the clubhouse model, which was developed in 1947 by ex-patients from the State Hospital in New York City looking for an alternative to traditional therapies. This system of psychosocial treatment encourages the mentally ill live successful, productive lives. Carriage House helps people go back to work, attend school, and better their lives through meaningful activities, instead of residing in a mental institution or becoming idle on Medicaid. Social interaction is a key ingredient of the clubhouse model. "The clubhouse is not a place where people come to stop. It's not adult day care," said Andy Wilson, executive director of Carriage House. "It's a place where people come to move on with their lives." There are no doctors or pharmacies at Carriage house, although many of the patients are under the care of physicians. To be a member, you must be diagnosed with one of what Wilson calls "the four biggies": schizophrenia, major depression, bipolar disorder or schizoaffective disorder. There are other forms of mental illness, such as low-grade depression and anxiety disorders, but Carriage House is for the more serious diagnoses. Among the goals of Carriage House is to take away the stigma of mental illness. Patsy Dumas, who is vice president of the Psi Iota Xi board, says there are few families that are not touched by mental illness. "Mental illness doesn't discriminate," she said. Weir hopes events like Les Arts de la Table fundraiser will generate awareness and help remove those stigmas.

------------ If you or someone you know has a mental illness, you should know that many intelligent and successful people have lived with some form of mental health problem. In fact, mental health experts say people with mental illnesses often demonstrate very high IQs. Here is a list of just a few of the historical and well-known figures who have lived with a mental illness. Bipolar Disorder Abraham Lincoln, 16th president of the United States, 1861-65 Teddy Roosevelt, 26th president of the United States, 1901-1909 Winston Churchill, British prime minister, 1940-45 and 1951-55 Kay Jamison, psychologist and expert on bipolar disorder Ted Turner, owner of Turner Broadcasting

George Frederick Handel, composer of "The Messiah" Robert Schumann, composer Ernest Hemingway, author of classic short stories and novels including "For Whom the Bell Tolls" Patricia Cornwell, author of the bestselling Kay Scarpetta mysteries Major Depression Mike Wallace, CBS anchor and newsman F. Scott Fitzgerald, author of classic short stories and novels including "The Great Gatsby"

Frederic Chopin, composer Alma Powell, wife of Colin Powell

Rod Steiger, Academy Award-winning actor Buzz Aldrin, astronaut

Schizophrenia and other disorders with significant psychotic symptoms

Vincent Van Gogh, impressionist painter John Nash, 1994 Nobel laureate in economics Vaslav Nijinksky, dancer George III, King of England 1760-1820 ------------ What: Les Arts de la Table fundraiser is an annual luncheon at which local businesses set up artistic table settings. When: Tuesday, April 18. The table viewing begins at 9:30 a.m. followed by guest speaker David Kaczynski. Lunch is served at 12:15 p.m. Where: Fort Wayne Country Club, 5221 Covington Road Cost: $100 (Proceeds to benefit the Carriage House in Fort Wayne) Also: Preview reception 6-8 p.m. April 17 will feature light fare, table viewing and silent auction. Cost is $40. For reservations or to make a donation: Contact Connie Slyby at 486-1060 or cslyby@comcast.com [http://cslyby@comcast.com]

Copyright (c) 2006, The News-Sentinel, Fort Wayne, Ind.

Distributed by Knight Ridder/Tribune Business News.

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