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March 11, 2010

Bipolar disorder vastly undertreated: study
Reuters
CHICAGO (Reuters) - Bipolar disorder, a brain disorder that strikes early and can cause lifelong disability, is chronically undertreated in many low-income countries, government researchers reported on Monday. Their survey of more than 61000 patients ...

Scientists Uncover New Genetic Susceptibility to Bipolar Disorder
About - News & Issues
By Marcia Purse, About.com Guide March 7, 2011 One more step has been made in discovering the genetic causes of bipolar disorder. A large study of the human genome has identified a variation in a gene called neurocan (NCAN) as being significantly ...

So Charlie Sheen's Bipolar, Eh?
Philadelphia Magazine (blog)
These are just a few of the media outlets that have recently theorized, uncritically, that Charlie Sheen may have bipolar disorder. It's odd. How do the journalists know? As far as we know, no treating doctor has ever diagnosed Sheen with bipolar ...

Survey: Americans Have Highest Risk of Developing Bipolar Disorder
WTMA
Stockbyte/Thinkstock(GENEVA) -- People in the United States have the highest risk of developing bipolar disorder, according to a new survey of 11 countries released Monday. The World Health Organization surveyed more than 61000 people from countries in ...

Parishioner loses defamation case
Sydney Morning Herald
A parishioner whose inappropriate comments included recommending an orgasm as a remedy for bipolar disorder has lost his sexual harassment defamation case. In ruling against Bruce Haddon on Tuesday, Justice Carolyn Simpson found the 60-year-old ...

Bi-Polar Jockey Finds Salvation In Racing
NPR
But what is less known, is that she was drawn into horse racing through her battle with bi-polar disorder. In her memoir Long Shot: My Bipolar Life and the Horses Who Saved Me , Harris describes her love for racing and how the horses helped heal her ...

Millions Living With Bipolar Disorder Do Not Receive Treatment
HealthKnowItAll
Alarming figures have been released by researchers of a new study on bipolar disorder which point to a vast amount of patients not receiving the treatment they so desperately need. A mental health disorder, the condition can result in life long ...

Repligen plummets on failed bipolar drug study
Bizjournals.com
s (NASDAQ: RGEN) stock is in a tailspin, falling 28 percent, following the company's release of data showing that its drug candidate for bipolar disorder doesn't work. Executives at the Waltham, Mass.-based biotechnology company said that the Phase 2b ...

Author Tells a Tale of a Family Who Triumphed Against Illness, Depression, and ...
Hollywood Industry
One of the obstacles they met is Bipolar disorder, a mentally challenging condition leading to an effect similar to a split personality, which was unknown during that time. No one discussed what effect it had on individuals. ...

Half of Bipolar Patients Don't Receive Proper Treatment
TopNews United States
Even though bipolar disorder is considered a lifetime illness since symptoms can be seen starting in early childhood, the brutality of additional disorders and treatment needs for those are often ignored, especially in low-income countries. ...

PMS mood swings tied to bipolar illness
Health24.com
The course of bipolar disorder may be worse in women who have premenstrual symptom exacerbation of their mood symptoms, according to a new prospective one-year study. Women with bipolar illness are at greater risk of relapse during the postpartum and ...

Mental Illness Stigma: How Women Can Make a Big Impact Against It
Huffington Post (blog)
Demonstrating a great confidence in her readers she wrote, "Well, I have bipolar disorder, and I'm not coming to kill you. I promise." These words, hanging unspoken for so long, were out on the page for the first time to her readers and colleagues. ...

Mentally ill suffer from states' budget cuts
Columbus Dispatch
By Catherine Candisky The Worthington family had lost its health insurance, and Finan could not pay the $3500-a-month tab for medicines she needed to treat her bipolar disorder and other mental illnesses. "She was doing really well, and when we ran out ...

Dr. Keith: How I Would Treat Charlie Sheen
Fox News
Among the possibilities would be (and I am certainly not diagnosing him now, because I have not interviewed him): Polysubstance dependence (cocaine, alcohol or other substances); bipolar disorder (often characterized by symptoms like pressured speech, ...

Bushwalker 'horrified' when bushfire spread
ABC Online
A psychiatrist gave evidence Adam had long suffered from bipolar disorder and had manic episodes triggered by stress. Adam told the court he was panicked and confused when he got lost while bushwalking at Bridgewater in March 2009. ...

Movies: Past, present and future
Los Angeles Times
A talented but troubled actor potentially suffering from a bipolar disorder is fired from a hit TV show after one too many embarrassing incidents involving substance abuse. And less than a decade later, Robert Downey, Jr. goes from a tabloid story and ...

Former Senior Federal Judge Should Serve Time for Helping Stripper Buy Drugs ...
ABA Journal
The defense blamed Camp's untreated bipolar disorder (he instead received medication for depression) and a traumatic brain injury that allegedly adversely affected his impulse control for his decision to help a stripper buy drugs. ...

The world laughs on as a talented man self-destructs in the spotlight
Sydney Morning Herald
But his outbursts exhibited classic symptoms of a drug-induced mental illness, and he could well have developed bipolar disorder. "He appears to be having a hyper-manic phase that would really need to be assessed," she said. ...

Grahame Bond
Music News
He was not always a likeable man – often a bully and troubled by Bipolar disorder as well as his fascination with the occult and Black Magick – but he mentored and developed some huge talents – the likes of Jack Bruce, Ginger Baker and Dick ...

Major depression and bipolar disorder; New treatments are on the horizon for ...
New York Daily News
Major depression and bipolar disorder are two of the most common disorders seen by psychiatrists. "Depression affects between 10% and 15% of the population," says Iosifescu. "Bipolar disorder is less frequent, but still affects 2% to 4% of Americans at ...

Writer and mom talks about teens and mental illness
Los Angeles Times
A Family's Journey Through Bipolar Disorder," inspired by true events and her research into how mental illness affects families. She'll also talk about using humor to confront serious mental conditions. "I want to reach those who don't know ...

Inside the Manic Mind
Huffington Post (blog)
The news seems overly-focused on the antics of actor Charlie Sheen, who has been described by some commentators as suffering from bipolar disorder and who is viewed as currently in a state of mania. Because I have never met Sheen, ...

Genie Awards: Finding the 'crazy manic sides'
Ottawa Citizen
Yet, as Robinson delved deeper into Lipsett's bipolar disorder, he at first refused to admit a connection to the director's "crazy manic sides." It wasn't until a year after he finished the script and handed it to Ushev that Robinson himself was ...

12-Year-Old Boy Found After Reported Missing
Patch.com
PSCO Cpl. Brandon Gurley said Noah Buran, who has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder and reactive attachment disorder and is on medication, had gotten upset and home and took off into the woods. Noah was found about 10:30 pm along Harmony Grove ...

Sheriff's Dept. looking for missing woman
San Bernardino Sun
She suffers from bipolar disorder and schizophrenia and has not been taking her medication. Sheriff's investigators are looking for a mentally disabled woman from Riverside County who has been missing since Feb. 18. Lynette Elda Donahoe, 60, ...

Board game aids understanding of bipolar disorder
BBC News
A board game has been developed to promote better understanding of bipolar disorder and how it affects sufferers. Jocelyn Duncan, from Caerphilly, lived with the illness, characterised by severe mood swings, for decades before being diagnosed. ...

Are we stigmatising Charlie Sheen?
BBC News
The recent behaviour of actor Charlie Sheen has led to some - including US TV doctor Dr Drew Pinsky and a number of bloggers - to suggest he has bipolar disorder. In this week's Scrubbing Up column, mood disorders expert Dr Paul Keedwell suggests why ...

Fox Cities Mental Health Summit works to improve access to mental health care
Appleton Post Crescent
KIMBERLY — Karen Schiller has lived with bipolar disorder for 13 years. She knows the pitfalls of trying to access and find her way through the maze of local mental health services. As development director for NAMI Fox Valley, an education and support ...

BERRY v. STATE
Leagle.com
Berry also argues that his sentence is inappropriate due to his history of bipolar disorder. We note that Berry did not present this argument to the trial court. Nevertheless, there are several considerations that bear on the weight, if any, ...

Validation of a specific measure to assess health-related quality of life in ...
7thSpace Interactive (press release)
Methods: A psychometric study was conducted with clinically stable outpatients with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder under antipsychotic treatment. The translation and cultural adaptation of the questionnaire was performed according to international ...

NAMI sponsors a course for families
Palladium-Item
The course covers schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, depression, panic disorder, and obsessive compulsive disorder. It offers coping skills, basic information about medications, communication techniques, problem-solving skills, recovery and ...

S.F. v. SUPERIOR COURT OF STATE OF CALIFORNIA FOR COUNTY OF LOS ANGELES
Leagle.com
The newborn was detained due to mother's mental health problems and failure to reunify with ES In addition to other psychological problems, she also had bipolar disorder and was on psychotropic medication. Father likewise had his own mental health ...

AstraZeneca to pay $68.5 million in Seroquel settlement
Los Angeles Times (blog)
The complaint alleged that London-based AstraZeneca promoted Seroquel, which is used to treat schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, for unapproved uses, failed to properly disclose potential side effects and withheld studies that questioned the safety ...

Charlie Sheen isn't funny
Los Angeles Times
He'd rather poke fun at the suggestion that bipolar disorder might help explain his rants, his anger, his grandiose notions. Maybe even his addictions. "If I'm bipolar, aren't there moments when a guy, like, crashes, like … ...

Big Pharma Seeks Little Patients, Part 1
The Epoch Times
... 2011 Last Updated: Mar 12, 2011 Since pharma discovered the ka-ching in pediatric psychopharmacology, millions of kids are on ADHD meds and other psychotropic drugs for conduct disorders, depression, bipolar disorder, oppositional defiant disorder, ...

Help for a Disturbed Child
New York Times (blog)
... Ms. Lipe's 18-year-old son, whose name is not used in the story, has struggled with mental illness since his early teens, and as he grew taller and stronger his bipolar disorder and autism made his mother afraid of him and for him. ...

'Next to Normal': Bittersweet beauty of love and loss
Manila Bulletin
Librettist/lyricist Brian Yorkey and composer Tom Kitt expand theatric freedom by putting bipolar disorder, a psychological condition characterized by intermittent and extreme mood shifts, in the center, as well as its impact to family members who've ...

Audit knocks Mich. prisons over prescription drugs
BusinessWeek
Seroquel, a treatment for schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, was the most prescribed antipsychotic drug. Auditors said the Corrections Department could have saved more than $350000 a month by switching just half of the prescriptions to Risperdal, ...

Second opinion helps pinpoint bipolar disorder
Times of India
Researchers have found that as many as 69 per cent of initial diagnoses of people with bipolar disorder were incorrect, underlining the importance of seeking a second opinion. For instance, a patient Eric Wilson struggled for decades with depression ...

Why does US have high bipolar disorder rates?
KENS 5 TV
(AP Photo/Darron Cummings) by Ryan Jaslow / CBS (CBS) Charlie Sheen may or may not have bipolar disorder, but new research suggests that the potentially deadly mood disorder may be more prevalent in the US than in other countries. ...

Fed audit finds MDOC overspent on medications
Michigan Messenger
Auditors also took the state to task for its use of Seroquel, a name brand medication used to treat schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. Seroquel, a treatment for schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, was the most prescribed antipsychotic drug. ...

"Big white wedding? Our big green wedding is a quarter of the price!"
Irish Independent
And managing bipolar disorder, the eco-friendly bride is determined to avoid stress. "John and I are very environmentally-conscious at home -- we do a lot of recycling and try to reduce our energy consumption. So we didn't want our wedding to leave a ...

Advice For Those With a Loved One With Mental Illness
Huffington Post (blog)
More than 50 million Americans, youth and adults, are diagnosed each year with a mental illness like major depression, panic disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, PTSD, OCD, eating disorders, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia -- and alcohol and drug ...

AstraZeneca pays $68.5 million in Seroquel marketing case
McKnight's Long Term Care News
States had charged AstraZeneca with marketing the drug, which is approved to treat schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, for use on elderly patients with dementia, among others. In the lawsuit, states also claimed the company hid the nature of the drug's ...

Open to sharing
The Aucklander
What I do find hard is when people attribute normal reactions to something, such as getting annoyed waiting in traffic, to my bipolar disorder. "People with bipolar can seem like they are overreacting in some situations, or being really lazy in others, ...

Lehigh Valley support group begins program for teens with mental illness
Allentown Morning Call
When Sharon mentions her son's suicide and describes its connection with his lifelong struggle with bipolar disorder and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, Samantha is ready to offer her opinion about the impact that bullying had on her brother. ...

Oldham County Police Issue Golden Alert For Missing Man
WLKY Louisville
Powell has a history of bipolar disorder requiring medication and may be suicidal. Anyone with information on Powell's whereabouts can call Oldham County police at 502-222-0111 or their local 911.

Differing Views of Cranford Homicide Suspect
Patch.com
Neighbors say William Parisio suffered from bipolar disorder; had dated victim, Pamela Schmidt, for six year. William Parisio's mugshot. Courtesy of the Union County Prosecutor Office Friends and neighbors struggling to understand Pamela Schmidt's ...

Plans to gut mental health spending in Texas will not only destroy lives, but ...
San Antonio Current
CHCS worker David Goodykoontz (right) takes down information from Anthony Taylor, who says he has been living on the streets for months and suffers from bipolar disorder. CHCS worker David Goodykoontz surveys a homeless encampment on the city's north ...

Police seek help finding missing brother of former politician
Oxford Press
She is concerned for his safety, due to the fact that he suffers from bipolar disorder and is not taking his medication, according to police. Rodney Fox may be somewhere in Indiana, police said. He is described as 6-foot-1 with blue eyes and brown hair ...

What's fun in Des Moines: 'Next To Normal'
DesMoinesRegister.com (blog)
See one of seven performances of three-time Tony Award-winning musical “Next To Normal,” which follows the story of a family dealing with a mother's bipolar disorder. The show opened on Broadway less than two years ago and has a driving rock score to ...

Are psychiatric advance directives worthwhile?
CNN (blog)
For example, years ago I took care of a woman with bipolar disorder who was remarkably rational when not in an episode. She was a sweet, thoughtful woman who tended toward shyness. She had complete insight into her illness and took her medications like ...

Seann William Scott Rehab? 'American Pie' Actor Enters Treatment
Huffington Post
The government claims there 3 million people with bipolar disorder...how come all of them seem to live in Hollywood? i hope he gets better!!! i just saw american pie 3 on tv the other day... not his finest work. JC80: i hope he gets better!!! i just ...



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