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May 16, 2008

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Problems Identified With Diagnosis Of Bipolar Disorder
Medical News Today
A new study by Rhode Island Hospital and Brown University researchers reports that fewer than half the patients previously diagnosed with bipolar disorder received a diagnosis of bipolar disorder based on a comprehensive, psychiatric diagnostic interview - -the Structured Clinical Interview for DSM-IV (SCID).

Study: Doctors Over-Diagnosing Bipolar Disorder
A new study suggests that many people are being diagnosed as bipolar even though they do not meet the criteria for the disorder. Researchers at Rhode Island Hospital found that about half of 700 patients who'd been diagnosed as bipolar should not have been.

SANTA ROSA / Cops' killing of bipolar man justified, D.A. finds
San Francisco Chronicle
The Sonoma County district attorney's office has concluded that Santa Rosa police were justified in shooting and killing a mentally ill man who had charged at them outside his home and who they mistakenly believed was armed. Richard DeSantis, a 30-year-old...

Probe: Bipolar Man's Shooting Death Justified
KCRA 3 Sacramento
An investigation into the fatal shooting of a mentally ill man by Santa Rosa police found that the officers' actions were justified.

Aripiprazole Receives Expanded Paediatric Indications for Bipolar ...
DG News - USA
Aripiprazole was recently approved for the acute treatment of manic and mixed episodes associated with bipolar I disorder with or without psychotic features ...

No pole too far if mood takes
The Australian TIM
Silk doesn't have bipolar disorder. Until recently, he didn't even know anyone with the debilitating mental illness characterised by intense mood swings ...

FDA OKs Abilify for secondary use against bipolar disorder
The companies said the Food and Drug Administration approved their drug as a secondary therapy alongside lithium and valproate for treating bipolar episodes ...

Kindergartner battles Bipolar Disorder
Often mistaken as an adult problem, Bipolar Disorder affected a Wichita Boy even before the age of two. When Cassandra Sines and her husband adopted Caleb ...

FDA OKs Abilify for secondary use against bipolar disorder
AP via Yahoo! Finance
Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. and Japanese partner Otsuka Pharmaceutical Co. said Thursday federal regulators expanded approval for Abilify to aid with the treatment of bipolar disorder.

Trudeau doesn't hold back Speaks to Simcoe crowd about battle with bipolar disorder
The Simcoe Reformer
When Margaret Trudeau was diagnosed with bipolar disorder, she said she "felt like such a failure." And that's part of the stigma for someone who has a mental illness - they don't want to believe it because if they do, then it's almost like they've failed at life.

Sister speaks out on Costa Mesa hospital investigated for patient dumping
Orange County Register
Woman says family should have been told of discharge of her brother, a bipolar schizophrenic.

Otsuka and Bristol-Myers obtain expanded approval for Abilify
Pharmaceutical Business Review
Otsuka Pharmaceutical and Bristol-Myers Squibb have announced that Abilify has received expanded indications in bipolar I disorder and schizophrenia.

Overview Of Asenapine Data From Olympia Trial Program Presented At American Psychiatric Association Annual Meeting
Medical News Today
Schering-Plough Corporation (NYSE: SGP) announced that an overview of asenapine clinical trials from the Olympia program was presented at the 161st Annual Meeting of the American Psychiatric Association in Washington, D.C., May 3-8. Data from the studies, involving patients with bipolar I disorder and schizophrenia, were presented in two oral presentations (Abstracts # 44 and # 80).

Depression, bipolar support groups available
Times-Standard EUREKA
The Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance Humboldt shapter offers free peer-support groups for those experiencing depression. ... Should kids get these drugs?

Plan likely to increase scrutiny of ...
The drugs are used to treat such conditions as bipolar disorder or schizophrenia. They're sold under the names Zyprexa, Geodon, Risperdal, Abilify, ...

Review: The Devil Within by Stephanie Merritt
For Merritt, bipolar disorder was a devastatingly real disease that nearly killed her. More than once, the writer found herself standing at the edge of a ...

Psychotherapy expert: Husband's explosive temper
Jerusalem Post
He may or may not have a bipolar disorder. Certainly irritability is a key factor in bipolar depression or mania, but usually it is not time and place ...

Mentally Unstable People Likely to Incur More Debt
Only Finance
Among those with bipolar disorder the number is more likely to be higher. This is because over-spending is part of the condition, experts said. ...

Spending sprees plunge mental health patients into chronic debt
The number is likely to be even higher among those with bipolar disorder as over-spending is often part of the condition, according to experts. ...

Finch signs for three years
Melbourne Herald Sun - Australia
... but salary cap pressure was eased when troubled young playmaker Tim Smith was let go due to his ongoing battle with bipolar disorder. ...

A major swing in diagnosing bipolar disorder
Providence Journal
But as Zimmerman and his colleagues talked to these patients, it seemed to them that a significant proportion didn't meet the definition of bipolar disorder ...

Bipolar Expert Will Speak at National Alliance Dinner
RedOrbit - Dallas,TX,USA
Lizzie Simon, nationally known author of "Detour: My Bipolar Road Trip in 4-D," will speak at the National Alliance on Mental Illness Western Tidewater's ...

Stressful environment takes toll on mothers' mental health
The News - International - Pakistan
A patient of bipolar disorder experiences two sets of moods, manic, that is a mood of hyperactivity and grandeur and mood of depression, ...

Man fatally shot in Grand Prairie standoff
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
A standoff ended early Monday when a barricaded man who had a gun was fatally shot by a Grand Prairie police sharpshooter, according to broadcast news reports. The man, who reportedly was bipolar and had stop taking his medication, had been firing a gun inside an apartment in the 500 block of Westchester Parkway, John Brimmer, police spokesman said. The neighborhood is south of Interstate 20 at ...

Perceptual Switch Rates With Ambiguous Structure-from-motion Figures In Bipolar Disorder
Medical News Today
Most people believe that the way we see things is affected by how we feel emotionally. Does our mood really change what we see or do individuals with certain genetic traits always tend to see things differently, regardless of their mood? Earlier research suggested that people with bipolar mood disorder might alternate their perception more slowly when looking at ambiguous figures.

AstraZeneca says US watchdog approves bipolar drug
AFP via Yahoo! News
Anglo-Swedish pharmaceuticals giant AstraZeneca said Wednesday that the US Food and Drug Administration has approved the use of its Seroquel drug to treat bipolar I disorder.

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