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April 26, 2006

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Fighting the demons
Deseret Morning News
"My name is Jacob Short and I am 19 years old. I come from a great family with a mom, dad, three sisters, three brothers, two brothers-in-law, five nieces and a dog, Murfy. We are a close family and do a lot together. I love to travel, camp, boat, water ski, and play basketball and softball. I do everything all 19-year-olds do . . . and I am bipolar."

What's Holding Up the Sandman?
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Millions of people are now taking sleeping pills without first exploring the reasons for their sleep problems and possible nondrug routes to cure them.

Patient's long-term denial delays treatment
The Cincinnati Enquirer
Sometimes I feel like an evangelist selling a belief in the treatment of mental illness as a way to salvation. Last week I felt like that when I saw a man who first came to me 12 years ago.

Emma Brockes talks to photographer David LaChapelle
Guardian Unlimited
Photography: He is famous for taking pictures of half-naked celebrities in surreal settings, but David LaChapelle insists his work is about 'creating a new reality'. He tells Emma Brockes about materialism, bipolar disorder and
why cowl-necked sweaters should be banished.

About Teen Suicide via Yahoo! News
When a teen commits suicide, everyone is affected. Family members, friends, teammates, neighbors, and sometimes even those who didn't know the person well may experience feelings of grief, confusion, guilt - and the sense that if only they had done something differently, the suicide could have been prevented. The reasons behind a teen's suicide or attempted suicide are often complex.

Being Treated for Depression? Another State Bar Wants to Know via Yahoo! Finance
Connecticut's Bar Examining Committee has re-introduced depression on that state's bar application, which last sported the condition in 2000, until public outcry led to its removal.

Being Treated for Depression? Another State Bar Wants to Know
If Abraham Lincoln were alive, he would encounter several difficulties gaining admittance to the Connecticut Bar -- assuming he deserved his reputation both for honesty and for 'melancholia.'

Forum to highlight child illnesses
San Antonio Express News
Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, depression and bipolar illness
will be explored.

Brainwave 'Music' May Soothe a Troubled Psyche
Fox News
If you suffer from depression, anxiety or insomnia, a new kind of therapy that uses your own brainwaves could soothe your psyche.

Military offers online mental-health self-assessment
Stars and Stripes
WASHINGTON - Troops or family members who think they may have a stress disorder, drinking problem or some other behavioral health issue can use a new online tool to find advice.

DWI driver gets 50 years: Judge says a stiff term is needed in a fatality to protect the world from a likely repeater.

News & Observer (Raleigh, NC); 4/25/2006

Byline: Eric Ferreri

Apr. 25--DURHAM -- He's not a ruthless, plotting criminal, but Kenneth Wayne Maready is still too dangerous ever to go free, a Superior Court judge said Monday in sentencing the convicted murderer to more than 50 years in prison. A Durham County jury found Maready guilty last week of second-degree murder, drunken driving and a large number of other charges in the February 2005 death of Kay Stokes, 61. It was Maready's seventh DWI conviction, and Judge Abraham Jones said he was giving Maready, 42, a stiff sentence to protect the world from him.

"If he's ever released, there's a chance -- and not a small chance, a big chance -- that he'll do this again," Jones said. "I don't think there's a way to protect the public and not put him away." About 14 months ago, a drunken Maready stole a car, fled deputies and careened up a country road at 70 mph before slamming into Stokes' pickup truck, killing her. His blood alcohol content was 0.14, nearly twice the legal limit. Maready's sentence carried a minimum of about 50 years to a more than 60 years in prison. He didn't testify during his trial. In his only public statement, Maready, who has hepatitis C, said Monday he expects to die in prison. "I'll be lucky if I live five years anyway," he said. Maready's criminal record stretches for pages, with previous felony convictions for drugs, hit and run, and breaking and entering. Those convictions were enough that the jury last week deemed him a "habitual felon," a classification that opened the door for an unusually long sentence. Maready, however, isn't the first Durham motorist to receive a lengthy sentence stemming from a motor vehicle accident. In 2002, a Durham Superior Court jury found Timothy Blackwell guilty of second-degree murder and a number of other charges related to the crash that killed 4-year-old Megan Elizabeth Dail in February 1997. He also was sentenced to 50 years in prison. Blackwell had been convicted of first-degree murder in 1998 and sentenced to life in prison. But in December 2000, the state Supreme Court ruled that prosecutors couldn't try drunken drivers for first-degree murder in fatal wrecks. Like Maready, Blackwell had a long criminal record.

Monday, in pleading for leniency, Maready's attorney, Woody Vann, entered several testimonials and other reports that shed some light on Maready's life. Maready was born and raised in Durham. His father left when Maready was a baby, and the resulting void has dogged Maready to this day, his sister, Victoria, said in a statement submitted to the court. He struggled with drugs and alcohol from an early age, suffered from depression and bipolar disorder and was in and out of mental health treatment. He dropped out of school in the eighth grade but earned his high school equivalency degree while in prison, testified Gwen Johnson, a mitigation specialist with Durham Sentencing Services, who has interviewed Maready. He has done odd jobs, painting, plumbing and carpentry, and most recently worked for his brother-in-law installing Nextel phones, Johnson said. But he was never able to shake his problems with drugs, alcohol and depression, problems Johnson attributed to his lost relationship with his father. "While some people are able to shake the hurts of their past and move on, it does not appear that Mr. Maready is one of them," Johnson wrote in a report submitted to the court. Vann cited Maready's troubled personal history in asking the court for leniency in sentencing. "You have people who have seen the good in him," Vann said, urging Jones to allow Maready a "glimmer of hope" for rehabilitation later in life. But Jones sided with prosecutor David Saacks, who had asked the judge to impose a harsh penalty. In issuing his sentence, Jones said Maready should continue substance abuse and mental health counseling while in prison. "Sometimes people deserve life [in prison] because they are mean and psychotic," Jones said. "This man deserves life because he can't control himself."

Kay Stokes was Calvin Parrott's sister and, he recalled last week, his best friend. Parrott, who attended every day of the trial, said Maready's sentence, while appropriate, won't bring his sister back.

"It's a bittersweet verdict," he said. "Things will never be the same."

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