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January 26, 2006

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9-Year-Old Taken To Jail Over Fit
Lakeland Ledger
The child, who attends Charlotte Harbor School for special needs students, has been diagnosed as bipolar and weighs 140 pounds. ...

Tourette's Symptoms Provoked by Lamotrigine in a Bipolar Patient
Am J Psychiatry (subscription) - USA
... We present the first case, to our knowledge, of an adult bipolar patient who developed multiple motor and vocal tics during treatment with lamotrigine. ...

Update: Man who threatened SL mayor to get mental test
Salt Lake Tribune - United States
... for several hours. Prosecutors claim McGean has been previously diagnosed as bipolar and manic but refuses to take his medication.

Puerperal psychosis risk highest after birth of first baby - Study
RxPG NEWS - Westchester,CA,USA
By British Journal of Psychiatry, The risk of bipolar affective puerperal psychosis - a severe mental illness following childbirth - is highest after the birth ...

Family: Bipolar illness led man to leap from jetliner at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood airport
Miami Herald
Before Monday, Troy Rigby had only been on one other airplane -- when he was a 9-year-old boy emigrating from Guyana to America. That was before doctors diagnosed him with bipolar disorder and schizophrenia, prescribing medication for both, Rigby's sister said Tuesday.

Man Charged With Kidnapping Girl In Van
Hartford Courant
NEW BRITAIN -- Police have charged a city man with kidnapping a 14-year-old, mentally retarded, bipolar girl who was being transported in a van on New Year's Eve.

Inside the Premature Brain
Technology Review
Part 3 of our magazine story on advanced MRI looks at efforts by Columbia University researchers to map brain abnormalities in preterm newborns.

Man who killed mom with crossbow sentenced to life
The Palm Beach Post
John Neal worried his family would crumble without him, especially his mentally ill wife and their youngest son Bruce, who battled bipolar disorder. The warning came in a letter to his oldest son months before he died.

Ex-Lawyer Admits His Guilt in Drunken Driving Fatality
New York Times
RIVERHEAD, N.Y., Jan. 25 - Keith J. Kalmus's stint as a Queens prosecutor led him to a successful practice as a criminal defense lawyer in Suffolk County. But when he left court on Wednesday in his customary gray suit and red tie, it was as a convicted felon.

Scientists: Gains May Shape Competition
AP via Yahoo!
Memory enhancement, IQ boosters and drugs designed to attack genetic weaknesses may increase competition in the future and create a playing field that is far from equal, scientists at the World Economic Forum said Wednesday.

Can scientists build a better human?
Scientists say memory enhancement, IQ boosters and drugs designed to attack genetic weaknesses may increase competition in the future.

Half of U.S. Workers Face On-the-Job Violence
Nearly half of American workers are victims of workplace aggression and most of this abuse comes not from co-workers but from customers, clients or patients, a new national survey finds.

Photography becomes therapy for project members
The Columbus Dispatch
Works by photographers struggling with mental illness are on display at the Fresh A.I.R. (Artists in Recovery) Gallery. Some of the pictures by members of the Athens Photographic Project are made in a basic snapshot style; others contain elements of composition, lighting and texture.

Bipolar Disorder - Western Psychiatric Institute And Clinic Seeking Parents For Research Study
Medical News Today
Researchers at the Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center are seeking parents who have bipolar disorder, commonly referred to as manic-depressive illness, and their children to participate in a study of bipolar disorder in families. In adults, bipolar disorder is characterized by cycles of depression and mania... click link for more info.

The Chemical Fingerprints of Mental Illness
Technology Review
Part 2 of our magazine story on advanced MRI, which is being used to detect unusual levels of signaling molecules in the brains of bipolar patients.

ValueOptions Realizes Success with Maricopa County Housing Program
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Imagine dealing with a mental illness on a daily basis - depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia - and facing these illnesses with no place to call home.

Pill-splitting plan could be big cost saver
Fort Wayne News-Sentinel
A new and controversial pill-splitting program at the University of Michigan could save $1.3 million and its health-plan members could save $190,000 this year if 45 percent of eligible members join.

9.5% of Americans battle depression: 10% of adult women, 4% of men treated with antidepressants.

The Charlotte Observer (Charlotte, North Carolina ) (via Knight-Ridder/Tribune Business News); 1/25/2006

Byline: Karen Garloch

Jan. 25--About 18.8 million American adults, or 9.5 percent of the population, suffer from a depressive order, including major depression and bipolar disorder. And about 10 percent of adult women and 4 percent of men take antidepressants. Antidepressants don't usually cause people to become violent, but violence can result if medicines are inappropriately prescribed. For example, in people with bipolar disorder who are misdiagnosed as depressed, antidepressants can cause mania that could result in violent behavior. Untreated depression can worsen, leading someone to become psychotic, or lose touch with reality, and become violent. Major depression: Characterized by symptoms such as depressed mood, inability to experience pleasure, loss of appetite, loss of energy, inability to sleep and suicidal thoughts. It impairs a person's ability to function and lasts for an extended period.

Treatment: Antidepressants, such as Prozac and Zoloft, may be prescribed, with or without simultaneous psychotherapy. If depression worsens to psychosis, additional anti-psychotic drugs, such as Risperdal and Zyprexa, may be prescribed. Bipolar disorder: Also known as manic-depressive illness. Causes dramatic changes in energy, behavior and mood, from overly happy to sad and back, often with periods of normal mood in between. The highs and lows are called episodes of mania and depression. This can result in damaged relationships, poor job or school performance and suicide. Treatment: Medicines known as mood stabilizers, such as Lithium and Depakote, can help people lead full and productive lives. Other medicines can be added, when necessary, to treat episodes of mania or depression that break through despite the mood stabilizer.

Resources -- National Alliance for the Mentally Ill-Charlotte: Offers information, education and support for families dealing with mental illness; (704) 333-8218 or . -- National Institute for Mental Health: Part of the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Md.; toll-free (866) 615-6464, .

Sources: National Institute of Mental Health, National Center for Health Statistics, and Dr. Ervin Thompson of Carolinas Medical Center-Randolph Road Behavioral Health Services.

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