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March 11, 2010

Does Charlie Sheen Have a Mental Illness? Is He Bipolar? Manic?
Some psychologists have stated that Charlie Sheen appears to have bipolar disorder. Dr. Drew Pinsky has said that Charlie Sheen appears to be having a "manic episode." Another psychologist says that Charlie Sheen is showing classic symptoms of bipolar ...

Sunset Bay Academy Describes How Teen Bipolar Disorder Can Impact School ...
Sunset Bay Academy helps parents understand how to tell the difference between normal hormonal changes and bipolar disorder in teens and how this behavior can affect teenagers in their school and family life. Recognizing the problem in teens is the ...

Will the child with mania please stand up?
British Journal of Psychiatry
She has researched the subject of children and adults with bipolar disorder for over 35 years. Rates of bipolar disorder in any sample will depend on the sample studied, the interview used, with whom, how the information is integrated, the criteria ...

Bipolar study seeks subjects
Pittsburg Morning Sun
By MATTHEW CLARK A study by the University of Kansas Medical School in Wichita is geared towards children aged 8-12 with symptoms of depression or bipolar disorder. The school is looking for children in Pittsburg, Hays, and Garden City to participate. ...

Bipolar Disorder: Treatment Centers
Studies have found that bipolar disorder is a serious psychological illness affecting about 5.7 million adults in the US Severe mood swings, irritability, depression, and an inability to concentrate are some of the common symptoms of bipolar disorder. ...

Play with a purpose
New Bern Sun Journal
Carolyn and Joe took their daughter to group therapy to help her with bipolar disorder and asperger's syndrome, an autism spectrum disorder. But they said they would describe the therapist's methods as “ambush therapy” and decided it wasn't the right ...

Forest Laboratories And Gedeon Richter Plc Announce Results From A Phase II ...
Medical News Today (press release)
... investigational antipsychotic agent cariprazine as adjunctive therapy in major depressive disorder. Cariprazine is currently undergoing Phase III trials for the separate and additional indications of schizophrenia and bipolar mania. ...

Mental illness affecting many Utah families
At 21, Zach Wittwer is finding success in treating his bipolar disorder and is taking online college classes. Prior to his diagnosis of bipolar disorder, at age 13, Zach remembers not understanding what was going on in his mind. ...

Bipolar Disorder Often Mistaken for Depression in Primary Care
March 1, 2011 — As many as 20% of adults being treated for depression in primary care may have undiagnosed bipolar disorder (BD), suggests a new study from the United Kingdom published online March 1 in the British Journal of Psychiatry. ...

Is it OK to stay on antidepressants long term?
CNN (blog)
Last week I wrote about whether people with bipolar disorder in their family should worry about taking an antidepressant and concluded with a resounding "maybe." In your case, however, I would not worry much about your use of Lexapro for several ...

Bi-polar princess and courageous mental health advocate Victoria Maxwell
The Vancouver Observer
After being diagnosed with bipolar disorder, anxiety, and psychosis, Maxwell became active in the promotion of mental health awareness and addressing stigma. During the past decade, she has combined her theatre background, professional knowledge, ...

Recovery from top to bottom: A journey through mental illness
Las Cruces Sun-News
Three years later, after a few high, manic episodes, the diagnosis was changed to bipolar disorder. It was the deep depressions - the reality of bipolar disorder is that it is the depressions which are most disabling, she said - that sent her to the ...

Bulgarian Doctors: Every 5th Bulgarian Affected by Depression
Sotirov tells Bulgarian media Wednesday that nearly 200 000 Bulgarians have been affected by depression and bipolar disorder. Every fifth Bulgarian has had a psychiatric disorder at least once in their live – the most common are phobias, panic attacks, ...

Painful Realities
Beckley Register-Herald
In 1996, Dr. Kathleen Brady disclosed at the US Psychiatric & Medical Congress, “substance abuse occurs in 30 to 60 percent of patients with bipolar disorder and is more likely to coexist with bipolar illness than with any other Axis I psychiatric ...

Beaverton youth is Epilepsy Foundation 'ambassador'
Portland Tribune
I have bipolar disorder, and have also tried to get a project-based job. I did have one for 6 months, then another one for about the same. I got laid off both, and could never find another job. I was self employed for over 20 years, making project ...

Jake Macapagal proud of project that delves on bipolar disorder
Manila Bulletin
By JOJO P. PANALIGAN MANILA, Philippines — It required him to be familiar with medical terms but actor Jake Macapagal believes going the extra mile for his role in “Next to Normal” is worth the subject it explores: bipolar disorder. ...

Bipolar disorder difficult to diagnose, often misunderstood
New Philadelphia Times Reporter
By Jon Baker Charlie Sheen's erratic behavior in recent days — both on and off camera — has sparked speculation that the actor might have bipolar disorder, a condition marked by extreme mood swings. This speculation has brought attention to a ...

A Case Worker Helped End The Bipolar Disorder Nightmare
Everyday Christian (blog)
By Carol Flett | When our daughter's first case worker appeared at our door we were sceptic. What did he know about the battles of the mind? I was convinced that all she needed was prayer, and God would do the rest. I forgot that God often uses man to ...

Is Charlie Sheen Bipolar? Mental Health Experts Say 'His Head Is as Large as ...
His self-described "grandiose" behavior has led some to speculate that the 45-year-old actor may have bipolar disorder. "He looks bipolar -- he's in a particularly manic phase," celebrity psychology expert Stuart Fischoff tells PopEater. ...

Understanding Bipolar Disorder
Opposing Views
In light of certain celebrities going on odd rants, the topic of bipolar disorder has become one which is getting a lot of attention. In the video below, CNN examines what exactly bipolar disease is and how to deal with it.

Support group
Agoura Hills Acorn
DBSA Ventura, the local chapter of the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance, hosts two regular, confidential, peerled, self-help support groups for people coping with depression and bipolar disorder or who have a family member or friend who is ...

Medicating mentally ill children
Deseret News
Many children are treated with atypical antipsychotics — drugs prescribed for schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. But you need to do more than just read the warning label before making the decision to medicate your child. Problems spiked for one Salt ...

Previously unrecognized susceptibility factor for bipolar disorder identified
Scientists have shed new light on the genetic basis of bipolar disorder, a highly heritable mood disorder characterized by recurrent episodes of mania and depression. The new study has identified a previously unrecognized susceptibility factor for ...

Bipolar disorder: 10 subtle signs
CBS News
But in reality, mood disorders can be hard to pinpoint - particularly in people with bipolar disorder symptoms. "Chalking it up to moodiness or trouble at work or tiredness is pretty common," says Dr. Carrie Bearden, an associate professor of ...

Bipolar Disorder – 40 Million US Adults Affected By Anxiety Disorders
Star Global Tribune
But when anxiety becomes an excessive, irrational dread of everyday situations, it develops into a disabling disorder. Anxiety disorders last at least six months and can grow worse if not treated. Eligible beneficiaries suffering from this level of ...

The hidden tyranny: children diagnosed and drugged for profit
Vice president of drug giant Bristol-Myers Squibb recently announced FDA approval for an expanded use of their bipolar blockbuster. He states, "Because bipolar disorder is a lifelong and recurrent illness, this labelling update provides physicians with ...

FDA Advisory Panel Favors ECT in High-Risk Category
Psychiatric News
In a series of nonbinding votes after a two-day hearing in January, majorities of the panelists preferred keeping ECT devices in the more restrictive Class III when used for major depression, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, schizoaffective disorder, ...

Defining what's normal
Philippine Star
His patient is the lead character Diana, who has bi-polar disorder, a psychological disorder characterized by alternating episodes of depression and mania. “Not only did I have to research on the disorder but some of the lyrics have medical terms. ...

Suicide survivor speaks at Eastern Shore Suicide Prevention Conference
WGMD Radio
He was diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder Type 1 when he was 17. A year and a half later, in 2000, he was in such a deep depression that he tried to end his life by jumping off the Golden Gate Bridge, even after his father sensed that something was wrong ...

Bipolar Disorder Risk Heightened By Genetic Variant
By Emily Jacobson Bipolar disorder risk is increased by a previously unrecognized susceptibility factor, according to a new study. The research, led by Dr. Sven Cichon from the University of Bonn in Germany, found that genetic variation in the gene ...

Petal denied extra eligibility for James
Hattiesburg American
“(Bipolar disorder) stimulates suicidal tendencies, as well as drug and alcohol abuse. Connor has experienced all three of those.” James, who will turn 18 in June, said he was disappointed with the committee's ruling. “An extra semester (in high ...

Contra Costa supervisors to decide fate of proposed home for mentally ill in ...
San Jose Mercury News
The 10-bed residence, just off Byron Highway on Penny Lane, would welcome men and women with bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and other mental disabilities. Supervisor Mary Piepho, of Discovery Bay, said she expects supervisors to make a ruling in April ...

Bexhill writer's unsettling journey
Bexhill Observer
A BEXHILL resident suffering with bipolar disorder has written an autobiographical account of what it's like to spend a lifetime living with the condition. David Thomas's book, Unsettling, gives a fascinating insight of a journey of self-discovery ...

Fraser muscles up to help big shake's trauma victims
His diagnosis three years ago with bipolar disorder was a turning point for the building of a better and stronger life. "It's about getting out a message," Fraser says of his challenge, which began at 3pm yesterday at Browns Bay, on Auckland's North ...

50% more students with mental disorders, says educator
Jamaica Observer
"The children are suicidal, it's there," added Bramwell-Riley, "but there is also Asperger syndrome, Tourette syndrome, mild depression, manic depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia -- I'm seeing quite a lot of that in some of the boys' schools ...

Tucson's mental health system needs shoring up
Arizona Daily Star
This level of illness includes, generally speaking, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and major depression - severe, persistent conditions that, if untreated, can significantly impair the ability to function. People coming into the Pima County jail are ...

Courts Take 'Drive Through' Attitude Toward Mental Patients
[according to his previous records] he is suffering from bipolar disorder, manic depression, and psychotic episodes. After workers at the group home in which he resided attempted to assist him, he became violent and assaulted a staff member. ...

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Lithium Carbonate May Decrease Suicidal or Aggressive Behaviors in Bipolar Disorders
Reports of drug-related adverse suicidal and behavioral events among patients with bipolar disorders (N=3521) were evaluated for potential risk ...

Kidney function in patients with bipolar disorder with and without lithium treatment - MDLinx
MDLinx original journal summary on Bipolar Disorder, Psychiatry. ... with bipolar and schizoaffective disorders is accelerated by lithium.

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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The Warning Signs Of An Impending Bipolar Disorder Manic Episode

Bipolar disorder - as the name implies - involves two distinct set of symptoms. One set throws the individual down into the depths of a massive depression. The other places the individual who suffers with bipolar disorder at the top of a peak manic episode.

Most everyone can eventually recognize the warning signs of an impending depressive episode related to bipolar disorder. More likely than not, individuals with bipolar disorder try very hard to avoid it.

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