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November 7, 2008


During A Response-Imaging Task, MRI Brain Activity In First-Episode Bipolar Mania
Medical News Today
Impulsiveness can be a common feature of mania, particularly the inability to inhibit behavioral responses. This neuroimaging study examined bipolar patients during their first episode of mania to clarify the brain functioning associated with response inhibition in this early phase of illness.

Actress Patty Duke speaks about her bipolar disorder
Oak Park Leaves
"Without people like you, people like us wouldn't have had much hope," actress Patty Duke told a standing room only crowd of local mental health advocates at Oak Park's Unity Temple on Oct. 7.

This story of mental illness -- and recovery -- is still being told
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Diagnosed with bipolar disorder and alcoholism, Stephanie Lane, 40, considers herself in recovery from both. But she remembers, every day, what it took to get her there, and what it takes, every day, to keep her going.

Local authors discuss insomnia, bi-polar disorder
Massachusetts Daily Collegian
Dr. Siegried Haug and David Lovelace discussed their personal encounters with bipolar disorder and insomnia, including strategies to deal with the conditions, at the University Club at the University of Massachusetts yesterday.

Police: Man beat autistic boy
KTAR 92.3 Phoenix
Mesa police arrested a man who they said beat a mentally disabled teen Friday morning, authorities said. According to police reports, Brian Salvador Arredondo, 18, beat the 13-year-old, who police described as autistic, bipolar and mentally disabled, with a closed fist.

My son: Race car driver, drug-use survivor
The Virginian-Pilot
In reality, he was bipolar. So Shane kept using drugs, and Steve continued writing. "I could put some structure in my whole life because my whole life had ...

Postnatal depression 'in the genes'
guardian.co.uk
'We have identified chromosomal regions that are likely to harbour genes that predispose individuals to bipolar affective puerperal psychosis,' he said. ...

SCATTERSHOT My Bipolar Family By David Lovelace | Dutton. 292 pp ...
Washington Post
Imagine a family where bipolar illness is the norm. David Lovelace and his father, mother and brother all struggle with the opposing poles of "night ...

Bipolar Disorder Involves A Lower Quality Of Both Mental And Physical Life, Even In Periods Of Normality
Medical News Today
A study carried out in the Institute of Neurosciences of the University of Granada (Spain) and the Mental Health Unit of the Hospital Neurotraumatológico of Jaen (Spain) has evaluated the quality of life of patients suffering from bipolar disorder (BD), in comparison with the general population, and which variables are connected with patients with a lower quality of life.

Symptoms do not helpfully distinguish unipolar and bipolar depression
British Journal of Psychiatry
The three symptoms most predictive of bipolar depression were presence of psychosis, diurnal mood variation and hypersomnia. To be considered important, ...

Police search for missing teen
San Diego Union Tribune
Christian, who is bipolar with a history of suicide attempts, is white, 5 feet 11 inches tall, about 114 pounds, with brown hair and blue eyes. ...

Management of Hypothyroidism in Patients on Lithium Prophylaxis ...
Medscape (subscription)
Thyroid abnormalities associated with rapid cycling bipolar illness. Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1983;40:412-420. Lazarus JH. The effects of lithium therapy on ...

Mom held in death of girl, 4, is released
Boston Globe
The case reignited a long-running debate within the psychiatric community about whether young children can accurately be diagnosed with bipolar disorder and ...

'Hurry Down Sunshine' author chronicles daughter's experience with bipolar disorder
Pioneer Press
Michael Greenberg not only saw the need to write about his daughter but also to change the way mental illness is talked about and managed.

Identifying mental illness
The Meridian
Not every person who commits a crime is a criminal. Some have committed offenses due to states of mind or behavior caused by a brain disorder, such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and other severe mental illnesses.

Jack Dee talks about bipolar
Lincolnshire Echo
And let's face it, bipolar seems to be the new rock 'n' roll, doesn't it?" :: The full interview is in Closer magazine, out tomorrow (Tuesday).

Nations Convene to Create Bipolar Consensus Statement
Psychiatric Times
Participants from around the globe recently came together to create an international consensus statement on bipolar disorder that was presented at the 21st Congress of the European College of Neuropsychopharmacology (ECNP). 1 The statement describes disparate but "defensible" perspectives from more than 60 experts on the diagnosis of bipolar disorder in children and limited, mixed evidence for ...

Hurry Down Sunshine author chronicles daughter's experience with bipolar disorder
Pioneer Press T
Michael Greenberg not only saw the need to write about his daughter but also to change the way mental illness is talked about and managed.

The black hand
Melbourne Community Voice
Living with Bipolar II can be physically and mentally gruelling, but there are things you can do to get through it all, says Stuart Barnes. ... See all stories on this topic

Effects of Lithium Versus Divalproex in Children and Adolescents ...
DG News - USA
By Laura Gater CHICAGO -- November 4, 2008 -- Divalproex is efficacious for treatment of mixed or manic episode in children and adolescents with bipolar I ...

Sobering Reminders: Dunn County
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Jennifer was diagnosed with bipolar disorder a few years after her son, Justin, was born in 1996. "She loved being a mom," said her sister, Angie Kurschner. ...

KERRY IS NOT ALKY...AND I'LL PROVE IT
Daily Star - London,UK
Husband Mark Croft backed Kerry when she said her odd behaviour on ITV1's This Morning was down to medication for her bipolar problem. ...

Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance Launch Spanish Web Site
Extra Newspaper
The Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA) announced the launch of dbsalianza.org, the Spanish-language version of their Web site. ...

FL Supreme Court Hears PCB Cop Killer Appeal
WMBB-TV
"There was no indication that a completion of a bipolar diagnosis was made. The bipolar symptoms and questioning came through assessments, evaluations that ...

Bipolar: The age of your father may play a part in mood swings
What Doctors Don't Tell You - London,UK
The age of your father when you were born may be a factor in determining whether you will suffer from bipolar disorder, or severe mood swings. ...

Our businesses have had a great start
Norwich Evening News
Drummer and father-of-two David Haney was out of work for 12 years after being diagnosed with bipolar disorder and feared the disease could lead him to ...

Caring comes with knowledge of mental illness
South Bend Tribune
I have bipolar disorder and am not crazy and have never been. I am not big on being politically correct either, but I am big on being compassionate.

Health Tip: Managing Bipolar Disorder
HealthDay via Yahoo! News
(HealthDay News) - Bipolar disorder is a mental illness, also called manic depression, that may be caused by a chemical imbalance in the brain.

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