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July 31, 2009


If Bipolar Disorder Is Over-Diagnosed, What Are The Actual Diagnoses?
Medical News Today
A year ago, a study by Rhode Island Hospital and Brown University researchers reported that fewer than half the patients previously diagnosed with bipolar disorder received an actual diagnosis of bipolar disorder after using a comprehensive, psychiatric diagnostic interview tool -- the Structured Clinical Interview for DSM-IV (SCID).

Personality Disorders Misdiagnosed As Bipolar
Psych Central
For the past year, a debate has been raging regarding the misdiagnoses of bipolar disorder. New research seeks to clarify the initial findings by determining what the researchers believe is the appropriate diagnosis. In the earlier study, investigators reported that fewer than half the patients previously diagnosed with bipolar disorder received an actual diagnosis of bipolar [...]

FDA: Schering psychiatric appears safe, effective
Daily Record WASHINGTON (AP)
Federal health regulators said Tuesday an experimental psychiatric drug from Schering-Plough Corp. appears to be a safe and effective treatment for patients with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.

Mom Accused of Beheading Baby Points to Need for Mandatory ...
“One of the reasons is that people with depression or bipolar disorder become delusional and come to have fixed beliefs about the world around them, ...

Defendant charged with murder in Seattle stabbings
The Associated Press
Kalebu has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder. One mitigating factor a jury may consider in deciding whether to impose the death penalty is "extreme ...

Police: Man shoved probation officer

The Salem News
His case had been delayed in part because of his hospitalization for bipolar disorder. When Daniels arrived at Barber's office for a routine check-in, ...

Episodes of Bipolar Disorder
About - News & Issues
Bipolar disorder (also known as manic depression) is a disease; it is a medical condition that causes psychological problems to such a degree that daily ...

Dual Disorders Rarely Treated
Washington Post
Although Danny was given a diagnosis of schizoaffective disorder (a combination of schizophrenia and bipolar disorder) on multiple occasions, many Fairfax ...

Homeless man's notes targeted Pittsburgh's Mario Lemieux
Boston Herald
By AP PITTSBURGH — A homeless man suffering from bipolar disorder targeted Pittsburgh Penguins owner Mario Lemieux with notes offering unusual advice on how ...

Treatment-Resistant Bipolar Disorder
About - News & Issues
This evening I was reading an article published in the Psychiatric Times by James CY Chou discussing treatment-resistant bipolar disorder. ...

Man who threatened President has hearing
Christopher is diagnosed with a serious mental disease called "schizo-affective disorder of the bipolar type."A psychologist testified that Christopher ...

All should have health insurance
Daily Record
As somebody who now has pretty good insurance for the first time in years, I can attest to how important it is. I can now choose the doctors I need to see, whether or not they are "in network." We can finally afford to get daughter, who is bipolar, the treatment she needs.


More help with ups and downs
The Australian
It wasn't until a suicide attempt that he was finally diagnosed with bipolar I disorder -- a condition characterised by manic highs and depressive lows ...


Search for missing pregnant woman and son ends happily in Clarkstown
The Journal News
CLARKSTOWN - A pregnant woman with bipolar disorder and her 9-year-old son who had been missing since Wednesday have returned home, police said yesterday.

US citizens tell of ICE lockup, deportations
San Francisco Chronicle
He has bipolar disorder, which requires medication, and is also mentally disabled. He had been living in a group home when he got into trouble for ...

Swings of sadness
The Times
I'd never met anyone who was bipolar (what they used to call manic depressive) or who had obsessive–compulsive disorder or obsessive– compulsive personality ...

NAMI: United States Gets a D in Mental Healthcare
About - News & Issues
This makes me feel extremely fortunate that I've never had to use the public healthcare system for treatment of my bipolar disorder. ...

Defining a problem is the first step
Money Management
Jane Fitts, who suffered from bipolar disorder, worked as a solicitor for 13 years with the American firm, Fannie Mae. Eventually her bipolar disorder was ...

Girl's killing stuns Mansfield
Boston Herald - United States
Cory Piekarski, a friend of the alleged child killer, said Griffin struggled with bipolar disorder and depression for years, but was perfectly normal when ...

Helena man is caught in the crisis
Helena Independent Record - Helena,MT,USA
Brown's diagnoses include bipolar disorder, major depression, post-traumatic stress disorder and schizophrenia. But Brown didn't begin to know the medical ...

Medication used to treat bipolar disorder
There are three main types of medicine that is used to treat bipolar disorder: mood stabilizers, anti-psychotics, and anti-depressants. ...

Local doctor advocates for people with bipolar disorder
By Arthur Lightbourn, Rancho Santa Fe Review Psychiatrist Thomas Jensen advocates for people living with bipolar disorder. (Photo courtesy of Racho Santa Fe ...

Therapy used to help treat bipolar disorder
Just as children with diabetes are taught how to manage their illness, children with bipolar disorder should be taught about the disorder, specifically how ...

Special Needs Kids Info 101: What is bipolar disorder?
Bipolar disorder is a type of mood disorder, a real medical illness. It used to be referred to as manic depression. The term, “bipolar', refers to the two ...

What a parent can do to support a child with bipolar disorder
One of the most popular question a parent asks when his or her child has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder is “How can I help my child? ...


Mansfield man held in slaying of daughter
The Sun Chronicle
MANSFIELD - Troubled and with a history of mental illness, 35-year-old Kristopher Griffin's life took a dark turn two weeks ago when the relationship with his girlfriend and mother of his 6-year-old daughter broke apart.Griffin, who police said was disabled and had told others he suffered from bipolar disorder, moved temporarily to a camper owned by friends a short distance across town.


Murder-suicide suspected in deaths of Sugar Land mom, baby
Houston Chronicle
The Sugar Land woman, whose body and that of her daughter were found in a tub, may have been bipolar, officers said.


Columbia woman found competent to stand trial
Baltimore Sun
A Howard County Circuit Court judge found a Columbia woman competent to stand trial on attempted murder charges during a hearing Thursday. Judge Diane O. Leasure said Michelle Fox, 39, of the 7100 block of Talisman Court would be able to take part in her own defense. Defense attorney Jason Shapiro said in court that Fox is bipolar and on medication. Fox was charged with first-degree attempted ...


Police Search For Missing Girl, 2, Boy, 4
WBNS-10TV Columbus Investigators believe a 2-year-old girl and her 4-year-old brother are with their mother, who is bipolar and has not been taking her medication. Get the details.

Classic, Intense Symptoms Not Always Present in People With ...
Allentown Morning Call
Could what I'm experiencing be bipolar disorder? Is there a definitive way for doctors to diagnose bipolar disorder? If that is what I have, is medication ...

Friday Flashback for July 24, 2009
His brief second year followup here, where he says he no longer has bipolar disorder: So two years after my psychiatrist talked me into going off the last ...

Medical marijuana march set for Hanover
York Daily Record
Homan has said he uses the drug to help control his bipolar disorder as other prescribed medications either intensify his disorder or cause bad side effects ...

Family seeks help after Portsmouth man sends letter to church ...
Boston Herald
As it stands now, Eric, who has bipolar disorder, was last seen on land, so no water search has been initiated. His brother, Darwin, last saw Eric on ...

Police search for pregnant woman, son
Lower Hudson Journal news
Sisco has bipolar disorder and has been off her medication since February because she's pregnant, Baumann said. "We're told she has a history of carrying a ...

Do You Have a Favorite Book about Bipolar Disorder?

About - News & Issues
In our Forums, Averill shared, “An Unquiet Mind has always been my absolute favorite book about bipolar. I can relate to it so much and I give it to people ...

Mom wants to help bipolar daughter
Post-Tribune Dear Annie -- My 25-year-old daughter, "Nola," lives in Alabama, as does her father, and I live in Florida. Nola is bipolar. She finally acknowledged that she needs medication, but has a hard time affording it because she has no insurance. Nola has a difficult time maintaining relationships, male or female, and creates a lot of drama and conflict. There is always some crisis or something ...






This Week's Bipolar News

7 Nutrient-Packed Foods for People With Bipolar Disorder - Everyday Health
Everyday Health
If you have bipolar disorder, here's why foods rich in vitamin B or omega-3's belong on your plate.

Cannabis Use May Offer Wide-Ranging Benefits for Bipolar Disorder - The Debrief
A new study suggests that regular cannabis use may offer a wide range of potential benefits to people suffering from Bipolar Disorder.

Auburn man accused of leaving voicemail threatening Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan
He has been diagnosed with illnesses including schizoaffective disorder and bipolar disorder and has been arrested more than 70 times, resulting in ...

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