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October 16, 2006

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Official's public nudity not a first
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... attorney Michael Gmoser, who's representing Blauvelt, told the Hamilton Journal-News the nudity episodes were caused by medication for bipolar disorder that ...

'I spent five birthdays in St. Brendan's'
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As Mental Health Week comes to close, we talk to one man, 'Patrick', who has been managing bipolar disorder for the past 14 years.

Writer and actor Stephen Fry has it. So has pop star Robbie ...
York Press
... That was how one woman from York described what it was like to live with Bipolar Affective Disorder, also known as manic depression - a condition which has ...

ADHD + Clinical Depression = Bipolar disorder
ProgressiveU.org
... Depression, which means that I'm very down on life, sad a lot of the time. So when you add the two together, you get the symptoms of bipolar disorder. ...

Poll shows campaign to reduce mental illness stigma is paying off
Mid-Ocean News
... "With the most serious mental illnesses very often medication is essential and it might be schizophrenia and some kinds of bipolar disorder. ...

Drug led to nudity, lawyer argues
Middletown Journal
... city officials sort through a psychiatric report that concludes his behavior may have been the result of medication he was taking for bipolar disorder and ...

Comedian has serious talk on bipolar disorder
MLive.com
At 12:30 pm and 7 pm in the Rhea Miller Recital Hall, Jones will use his humor to share personal stories and experiences in dealing with bipolar disorder. ...

Ex-CEO leads fight against mental illness
National Post
... illnesses. "It shocked me the number of employees who had mood disorders, bipolar or stress-related problems, depression -- you name it. ...

Husband's sleep habits are troubling to wife
The Olympian
Dear Abby: Is it OK for two brothers to sleep in the same bed? My husband says he is very close to his family. I sleep alone almost every night because he falls asleep on the couch watching TV.

Testimonials shed light on treatment options
The Jackson Citizen Patriot
Scientists call it anecdotal evidence, but Recovery Technology has no shortage of testimonials for its nontraditional treatments. Here are a few: Sandra Byrd, 63, of Jackson said neurobiofeedback reduced her depression, gave her the ability to leave her house alone and enabled her to eat a healthy diet for the first time in her life.

Health calendar and support groups
Orange County Register
. "Vagus Nerve Stimulation for Treatment-Resistant Depression. " Public educational meeting by the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance of Orange County. 7:30 p.m. Refreshments: 7 p.m. St. Joseph Hospital, 1100 W. Stewart Drive, Sister Frances Dunn/Northeast Building, second floor, Classroom 1, Orange.

JUDGE BLOCKS GROUP HOME FOR INDIVIDUALS WITH BIPOLAR DISORDER

Brazoria, TX - Judge Patrick Sebesta ruled today that The Meehl House, a group home for individuals recovering from bipolar disorder, could not operate as a three-bedroom group home in Brazoria County, Texas. This ruling will have wide ranging effects on the ability of any group home, regardless of size, to open or operate in Brazoria County and the State of Texas. Judge Patrick Sebesta's ruling overlooks and seeks to overturn the following State and Federal Laws that currently protect group homes and people with disabilities from deed restrictions: (1) House Bill 356, passed by the Texas Legislature in 1985, and (2)Federal Fail Housing Acts Amendment (FHAA) of 1988, which every supreme court has upheld.

This ruling is a terrible blow to the mental health community in Brazoria County and sets a dangerous precedent in the State of Texas. Most people who are released from hospitalization go home. However, some people do not have supportive families. Without access to group living arrangements, many people recovering from bipolar disorder are left without any support structure to aid them in their transition back into everyday life. The Meehl Foundation provides this support structure where people function as members of a family by taking on shared responsibilities and become self-sufficient through employment. The greatest irony in this situation is that none of the resident clients of the Meehl House will have committed crimes, and all will have undergone extensive background checks. These people have a greater likelihood of being good citizens than your average neighbor who does not have to undergo a background check to live in your neighborhood.

This ruling is expected to have wide-ranging effects on the rights of people with disabilities to live in any community. (1) It imposes a restriction against people with bipolar disorder living on a county road. (2) It will affect the rights of group homes, regardless of disability, to help those in need, (3) It sharply curbs the ability of any group home to locate in a community in Texas. With the growing economic cost to Texans for mental health care treatment and at a time when public resources continue shrink or close, the blocking of any private operations is particularly troublesome.

You may ask yourself, "How can I help?" There are two ways: Email this press release to everyone on your email list, and please consider donating to our non-profit 501c3 Foundation. You may go to www.meehlfoundation.org and click on the "donation" link. Please know that even ONE dollar counts, as we are struggling to serve the mental health community and appeal this decision to a higher court.

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