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April 30, 2010


NAMI Walks
KPLC Lake Charles
Many of our neighbors are living with schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, major depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder and severe anxiety disorders. NAMI Walks is a nationwide event that serves two very

"Dad's in Heaven With Nixon" - A Documentary About Autism and Bipolar Disease
Huffington Post (blog)
We learn that he hobnobbed with Al Smith and Jimmy Walker, and was a bipolar alcoholic who died at 37. He also hated his youngest son, Tom and Chris's ...

Prosecutors say 2-month-old was buried alive (w/video)
Houston Chronicle
Parnham said Modarresi was on the anti-psychotic medication Zyprexa, a mood stabilizer used to treat schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. ...

DSM5 Should Not Expand Bipolar II Disorder
Psychology Today (blog)
One of the most important distinctions in all of psychiatry is often also the most difficult to make- is the patient's depression part of a bipolar or a ...

From hard time to hot dogs
Anderson Independent Mail
He and his mother are bipolar. His father was an alcoholic. Dropping out of school in eighth grade, he entered the life of a hoodlum. ...

DSM 5 and Bipolar Disorder: Science versus politics
Psychology Today (blog)
In a recent blog post, he aims his critique at any whiff of risk of expanding the diagnostic definition of bipolar disorder, type II. ...

Insanity defense being considered in baby's killing
Houston Chronicle
Modarresi had been diagnosed with bipolar disorder and has had numerous mental health hospitalizations, including at least one after the birth of her first ...

Omega-3 fatty acids are key to a healthier life
Los Angeles Times
They also may help treat autism, bipolar disorder, depression, Alzheimer's disease, ADHD and prostate cancer. Fish oil capsules are a common way to ...

Are combat veterans more prone to suicide?
Dayton Daily News
Bean said the leading indicators for suicide are depression, PTSD, bipolar disorder and substance abuse. “What we usually see when we do our research is ...

Letter: Native genius
Topeka Capital Journal
Many people have been wrongfully diagnosed bipolar when they were native geniuses. If truth be known, it was a B personality person - slow and easygoing ...

Elkhart County man sentenced to 38-years in prison for stabbing death
... charged with the stabbing until several months later. His lawyer claims he was smoking meth, to self-medicate for his bipolar and schizophrenic disorders.

Psychiatric Advance Directive Helps You Control Options For Treatment
Hartford Courant
If you have a psychiatric condition that could lead to hospitalization - such as bipolar disorder, schizophrenia or severe depression, you may have strong feelings about various treatment options. This is when a psychiatric advance directive, or PAD, can be helpful, according to a Johns Hopkins Health Alert.

Bipolar II Revisited-Always Take The Experts With A Grain Of Salt
Psychology Today (blog)
Dr. Nassir Ghaemi has posted a blog on Bipolar II Disorder that is a response to my previous blog. You can read his comments at ...

No more temper tantrums
Montreal Gazette
The disorder is being proposed as an alternative to the runaway diagnosis of childhood bipolar disorder. The number of children being diagnosed with - and ...

Marijuana Use and Bipolar Disorder to be Studied
About - News & Issues (blog)
In a news brief somewhat sensationally titled Marijuana Use = Bipolar Disorder? Dr. Hillard told Corrine Hess of The Business Journal of Milwaukee that ...

Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance Annual Conference - I'll Be There!
About - News & Issues (blog)
The list of keynote speakers is exciting, including Kay Redfield Jamison, author of An Unquiet Mind, Jessie Close and her son Calen Pick, whose bipolar ...

Backpack display raises awareness
Minnesota Daily
Risk factors and warning signs include depression, bipolar disorder and drug or substance abuse. At 12:15 pm, close to 100 participants held a flash mob ...

Bipolar disorder more severe than common mood swings
Herald Times Reporter
Now they are saying they think I have bipolar disorder. The only thing I know about bipolar disorder is that mood swings are involved. Is that it? ...

AstraZeneca to settle case for $520M
The drug is approved for use in treatment of bipolar disorder and schizophrenia for patients over 13. Prescribing the drug for other uses is not permitted. ...

Pfizer's warning letter for pediatric Geodon trials could impact patent extension
Financial Times
Geodon is currently approved in the US for the treatment of adults with schizophrenia and acute bipolar disorder. Four pharmaceutical industry regulatory ...

Mental health patients turn more to each other
The Republic
Susan Piasecki , 30, had been diagnosed with bipolar disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder when she was introduced to the concept of peer support. ...

How to Cure Bipolar Social Anxiety
Bipolar social anxiety is a more severe type of social anxiety (SA). The main difference is that sufferers of bipolar SA have much more physical symptoms, ...

Health Scan - Not too young to need a trail guide
Washington Post
Canadian writer Hilary Smith has come through big time with a book about bipolar disorder targeted to teens or 20-somethings experiencing mental illness for ...

Springdale man pleads guilty but mentally ill to numerous crimes
Pittsburgh Post Gazette
By Paula Reed Ward, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette A Springdale man who claims that a different medication for his bipolar disorder led him on a month-long crime ...

Should Practical Consequences Influence DSM5 Decisions? Yes, Of Course
Psychiatric Times
I often get asked if practical consequences should play an important role in DSM5 decisions. It was posed again yesterday in response to my blog "Bipolar II Revisited" which tangentially raised the issue.

Beatings most days
"[Living there] sometimes you feel that your life is in danger," says Helen*, a former patient. Sitting at a cafe in downtown Kamapala, she chokes back tears as she talks about her experience. Diagnosed with bipolar disorder, she has stayed at the hospital five or six times over the past ten years.

Attorney: Mother accused of killing infant was taking antipsychotic drug
11 News Houston Tue, 27 Apr 2010 17:08 PM PDT
HOUSTON - The mother accused of burying her baby alive in a shallow grave and murdering him last week was taking a powerful antipsychotic drug called Zyprexa, according to her attorney. It remains unclear if side effects from the drug lead to her mental state, but experts say the medication is normally prescribed to bipolar patients who've experienced severe depression. It's a first-line ...

Police seek help finding West Linn woman, 43
The Oregonian Sgt. Neil Hennelly, West Linn police spokesman, said Lisa Marie Wells, 43, suffers from bipolar disorder and has stopped taking her medications. Recently, she also has been depressed.





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Everyday Health
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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.

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