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February 13, 2005

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Campaign for Mental Health Reform Statement on President Bush's Proposed FY2006 Budget

WASHINGTON, DC-A national coalition of groups representing millions of people with mental or emotional disorders, their families, service providers, administrators and other concerned Americans today condemned President Bush's proposed FY2006 budget for undermining already overburdened services that are crucial to people with mental illnesses.

The following is a prepared statement by William Emmet, campaign coordinator for the Campaign for Mental Health


"The President's budget-and the disregard it shows for the urgent need to address unmet mental health needs in America-is incredibly disappointing.

"In April 2002, President Bush announced the formation of his New Freedom Commission on Mental Health, remarking that '[o]ur country must make a commitment to Americans with mental illnesses.' Unfortunately, the Administration has done little to honor its pledge.

"Since the President's Commission on Mental Health released its final report in July 2003, more than 40 thousand adults and children with mental health disorders have died by suicide and the U.S. economy has lost more than $118.5 million in worker productivity due to mental illness. Yet, the Administration maintains only tepid support for concrete action to address this public health crisis.

"At a time when the Administration should be offering bold proposals to address major problems in public mental health systems, it has instead proposed tens of billions of dollars in cuts to Medicaid-the largest public funder of mental health services-and slashed discretionary spending on mental health.

"The rare bright spots in this bleak budget picture are eclipsed by deep cuts in federal spending for education, housing and efforts to expand employment opportunities for people with mental illnesses. Specific initiatives to address the growing number of people with mental illnesses inappropriately placed in the nation's jails and prisons are also given short shrift.

"There are even darker clouds on the horizon. The Administration's proposal to cap federal Medicaid spending on "optional" populations and services-those that states are not required to cover-is a disaster in the making for people who have mental illnesses. Many people who have mental illnesses-and the critical services that they need-are covered under these "optional" eligibility categories.

"The Administration should be offering solutions, not back-peddling on its promise to the millions of people in this country with unmet mental health needs. Wrong-headed Medicaid reforms and soft support for mental health spending are no way to address this crisis."

Additional details on the budget are available on the Campaign for Mental Health Reform's website at

Source: Jets QB Carter Back in Rehab

AP Online; 2/7/2005; ANDREA ADELSON, AP Sports Writer

Dateline: NEW YORK
Jets reserve quarterback Quincy Carter is back in rehab for an undisclosed problem, a source within the league said Monday. Carter is seeking medical assistance at a treatment center, the source, speaking on condition of anonymity, told The Associated Press.

Jets general manager Terry Bradway said through a team spokesman he had no comment. reported that Carter also was being treated for bipolar disorder.

Carter left the Jets four days before their playoff game against Pittsburgh last month to be with his ailing mother in Decatur, Ga. The source said Carter had personal issues and was excused from the team.

A little while after his departure, he entered the program. Carter previously went into rehab in 2003 and 2004.

The Jets signed Carter to a one-year deal in August after he was released by the Dallas Cowboys. There were multiple reports that he failed a drug test. The NFL Players Association has filed a request for arbitration in the case.

Carter already was in the league's substance-abuse program following one previous positive test. A third positive test would bring a four-game suspension.

A message left for Carter's agent, Eugene Parker, was not immediately returned.

The Jets had no intentions of re-signing Carter, even before the relapse. Carter becomes an unrestricted free agent March 2.

Carter started three games for the Jets this season when Chad Pennington went down with a torn right rotator cuff. He finished 35-of-58 for 498 yards with three touchdowns and one interception, and went 2-1 as a starter.

Carter, a second-round draft choice by the Cowboys in 2001, started all 31 games in which he played for Dallas, including 17 last season _ 16 in the regular season and one in the playoffs.

Copyright 2005, AP News All Rights Reserved

MERCURY MEDIC: I need to stop my mood swings.

Sunday Mercury (Birmingham, England); 2/6/2005

Byline: DR JAMES BRISCOE is Medical Director at Woodbourne Priory Hospital

Q I have problems with mood swings. I feel on top of the world then I go into a deep depression. The depression is terrible - when it happens I have no energy and I cry constantly. When my mood lifts, I feel full of energy but go over the top. Why do I get these and what can I do about them?

JULIA, Smethwick

A Sometimes people experience swings in mood as part of their personality, Julia. In other cases, mood swings occur premenstrually. They can be associated with alcohol and illicit drug use and they may arise after traumatic experiences.

Your description suggests the possibility that you have a condition called bipolar affective disorder, or manic depression. Manic depression affects approximately one in 100 people. It can also run in families so it's worth checking out whether any of your close relatives describe similar difficulties.

People with manic depression have periods of depression interspersed with times of normal mood and elevated mood.

The depressed episodes result in sadness, lethargy, suicidal thinking, excessive sleeping and appetite disturbance. Depression results in thoughts of shame and guilt, together with pessimism about the future.

In contrast, the episodes of elevated mood (the manicepisodes) result in a general speeding up of thinking and behaviour in association with a feeling of elation and euphoria.

In a manic phase, a sufferer feels excessively energetic, doesn't need as much sleep, is extremely happy and elated most of the time and thinks and speaks much faster than normal.

It may result in promiscuity and reckless behaviour, particularly through overspending.

Manic depression is a disabling illness to cope with, and can lead to job loss and relationship break-up. In its most severe form it may result in hospitalisation.

Sometimes it can be quite difficult to diagnose because in between the swings of mood there is no mood disturbance and behaviour is perfectly normal.

The good news is that support and treatment is readily available.

The Manic Depression Fellowship has a wealth of information and advice for those who have, or think they might have, manic depression or who experience mood swings.

Your doctor should be able to determine whether or not a referral to the local mental health team is required.

If you do require treatment, you may need to be prescribed a mood stabiliser. These drugs iron out mood swings and prolong periods of normal mood.

It is usually possible to find a treatment to prevent mood swings from disrupting your life.

The Woodbourne Priory Hospital is launching a new range of daycare therapies designed for people who require a brief period of treatment to help them regain their positive mental health. For a free brochure call Eroney Pinnock on 0121 434 6161.

If YOU have a question about health and wellbeing, write to Mercury Medic, Sunday Mercury, Weaman Street, Birmingham B4 6AY, or e-mail

COPYRIGHT 2005 Birmingham Post & Mail Ltd

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