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August 27, 2006

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No harm done
Jackson Hole Star-Tribune - .phper,WY,USA
... accident. He was later diagnosed with bipolar disorder and his life for the last five years has included a number of suicide attempts. ...

... Her attorney, John Fitzgibbons, told the Associated Press Wednesday that LaFave wanted to discuss her "bipolar illness" so that others might understand her ...

Unprovoked Attacks Against Homeless Rising
Eyewitness News Memphis - TN, USA
Cole, who was diagnosed with bipolar disorder, was pushed into the Cumberland River by two males as she slept on a downtown boat ramp in the early hours of ...

Transfer OK'd for ill scientist
The Ottawa
Fri, August 25, 2006 Transfer OK'd for ill scientist By SUN STAFF The Ontario Review Board has given a mentally ill scientist permission to transfer from the Brockville Psychiatric Hospital to a minimum-security Toronto facility. The decision was rendered yesterday, allowing Scott Starson to relocate to be closer to family and friends. Starson, 50, suffers from schizophrenia and bipolar

Utah man held in hit-and-run collisions will have mental evaluation, judge rules
The Oregonian
VANCOUVER -- A 72-year-old Utah man arrested in a string of hit-and-run accidents Monday on Interstate 5 will undergo a mental evaluation at Western State Hospital, a Clark County Superior Court judge ruled Thursday.

2 suspects arrested in homeless death
When two murder suspects went downtown to Second Avenue two weeks ago, Metro police said Thursday, they were drunk and intent on harassing the city's homeless.

Bipolar Disorder: Diagnostic Challenges and Treatment Strategies
Psychiatric Times
The past few years have seen substantial progress in recognizing and treating several of the subtypes of bipolar disorder. This Special Report section of Psychiatric Times addresses the diagnostic challenges and the different strategies for managing these subtypes.

Developmental Neurobiology of Bipolar Disorder and Substance Use Disorder
Psychiatric Times
The apparent strong association between bipolar disorder and substance use disorders (SUDs) could be explained in several ways. Bipolar disorder may be causing SUD, SUD may be causing bipolar disorder, or both disorders may share common origins.

Progress in the Treatment of Bipolar Depression: Advances and Challenges
Psychiatric Times S
Some of the most challenging facets of bipolar disorder involve the management of its depressive symptoms. This article will focus on the pharmacologic management of this phase of bipolar disorder, describing the evidence base for controlled studies, emerging treatments, and expert recommendations.

Bipolar II Disorder: Current Issues in Diagnosis and Management
Psychiatric Times
According to DSM-IV , 1, diagnosis of bipolar disorder (BP) II requires the presence of major depressive and hypomanic episodes. DSM-IV further characterizes hypomania as requiring (a) periods of elevated or irritable mood (mood changes), which must always be present and must last at least 4 days, different from the usual mood; (b) 3 of the following 8 symptoms if mood is elevated, 4 if mood is

Rapid Cycling in Bipolar Disorder: Diagnostic Issues and Treatment Options
Psychiatric Times
Rapid cycling is included in DSM-IV as a course specifier for bipolar disorder (BP) I and II. However, its conceptualization remains controversial, and research concerning its treatment is still at an early stage. This article provides a synthesis of currently available evidence.

The Clinical Challenge of Comorbid Bipolar Disorder and Substance Use Disorder
Psychiatric Times
Bipolar disorder (BD) is among the top causes of disability worldwide and is the fourth leading mental illness as a source of disease burden in established market economies. 1 BD complicated by alcoholism and substance use disorder (SUD) represents a serious public health problem and a major challenge to treatment providers.

August 2006, Vol. XXIII, Issue 9
Psychiatric Times
Same-Sex Marriage: Mental Health Perspectives By Arline Kaplan While the ban on same-sex marriage is hotly debated between conservative groups and lesbians and gay men, several psychiatrists are researching and discussing how denial of same-sex marriage impacts mental health.

Area Briefly
The News-Messenger Sat, 26 Aug 2006 7:41 AM PDT
This is the schedule for mosquito spraying for the week of Aug. 28. Spraying will start each evening at 8 p.m. Tuesday -- The Northwest Section, the Parks. Napoleon to W. State St. in Southwest Section.

Botsford offers caregiver seminars
Farmington Observer
Botsford General Hospital's Pastoral Care Department is offering a training series titled, "Empowered to Care," which will focus on providing care and support to people facing unique situations.

Profiting from crisis?
The Charleston Gazette
WHEELING - As every other mental health provider in West Virginia has struggled to keep from going under, one agency has not only survived, but prospered: Northwood Health Systems.

Mental illness issues grow
Poughkeepsie Journal
At first, it seemed as if little things were going wrong. Bonnie Harris forgot about sales appointments; she couldn't recall colleagues' names. But as her job in sales became more stressful, Harris developed intense mood swings and moments of terror.

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