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August 05, 2010


Covering Your Health: Kids and Mental Health
Studies show prescription drug use among children is growing faster, especially in kids with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and Bipolar Disorder. Parents are concerned over the effects of diagnosis and the effects of medication. ...

AstraZeneca settles virtually all Seroquel claims
LONDON, July 28 (Reuters) - AstraZeneca has settled virtually all US product liability claims related to its schizophrenia and bipolar disorder drug Seroquel, after increasing provisions by $55 million to $647 million. The London-based drugmaker, ...

Playwright Victoria Maxwell's journey from the psych ward to the stage
Globe and Mail
Maxwell, who has bipolar disorder, is helping to illuminate that connection, as part of a psychosocial research project looking at ideas about mental illness and the power of art to shift them. According to University of British Columbia psychologist ...

FDA Urges Doctors to Weigh Risks when Prescribing Depakote to Women According ...
Depakote is one of the most commonly prescribed anticonvulsant medications, used in the treatment of epilepsy, seizures, migraine headaches and bipolar disorder. For more information about potential Depakote birth defects or to contact a Depakote ...

Bristol-Myers profit falls but sales jump 14 pct
Sacramento Bee
Bristol's top two drugs, blockbuster blood thinner Plavix and bipolar disorder treatment Abilify, and most of its other medicines saw big sales jumps. The New York-based company says excluding one-time items, it made 56 cents per share. ...

Police: Missing woman with bi-polar disorder located
Chicago Tribune
A 28-year-old last seen two days ago in the Chicago Lawn neighborhood has bi-polar disorder and may be confused, police said today while asking for the public's help in finding her. Margaret "Meg" Riebel was last seen Tuesday in the area of 63rd Street ...


There is life beyond bipolar diagnosis
By the numbers 25 percent of consumers (people with a mental illness) experience onset before age 20. 7 out of 10 people with bipolar disorder receive one misdiagnosis. 50 percent of bipolar consumers abuse alcohol or drugs in part because of a delayed ...

Local Author Discusses Bipolar Disorder On 'Free Your Mind' Radio Show
Bell Gardens Sun
By EGP News Report Author Maricela Estrada will talk about her experience living with bipolar disorder on the radio show “Free Your Mind” airing this Saturday at 7:30 am on KTLK AM 1150. Estrada, who grew up in Montebello and now works for the Los ...

Susan Inman: The right to be sane
National Post (blog)
Through no fault of hers, or ours, she has spent the past 11 years experiencing the extraordinary challenges of learning to live with a schizoaffective disorder. This illness, a combination of schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, has at various times ...

Weekly course on mental illness for family members offered
Brighton-Pittsford Post
The classes will provide factual information on mental illness diagnoses, medications, crisis intervention, accessing the mental health system and self care. Issues touched upon will include schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and depression. ...

Overmedicating young Louisiana inmates
iWatch News
Youths incarcerated across Louisiana and the New Orleans metropolitan area are getting dosed with potent antipsychotic drugs even when they have not been diagnosed with the conditions – typically, bipolar disorder and schizophrenia – that the drugs ...

'Madhouse Rhythm': Joshua Walters reprises play
San Francisco Chronicle
Walters' play, which he calls a collage of his own experiences with having bipolar disorder, includes beat boxing, stand-up comedy and circus - visceral and highly energetic forms that he has dabbled in but that are grounded deeply in his background as ...

Eye Exams And Bipolar Disorder
Huffington Post (blog)
What does this have to do with bipolar disorder? I have asked thousands of people with bipolar disorder if they lie to their doctors and therapists. Most say they either lie outright or leave important information out. We call it "presenting well. ...

Clubhouse director offers patients meaningful work
San Francisco Business Times
When Tamara Hunter was diagnosed in 1995 with bipolar disorder, a psychiatrist told her that she would never work again. But since 2008, Hunter has been employed at the Putnam Clubhouse in Concord, where members with serious mental illnesses use work ...

Health Check: Understanding bipolar disorder
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Researchers at Bradley Hospital are getting inside the minds of children with bipolar disorder. (more) Researchers at Bradley Hospital are getting inside the minds of children with bipolar disorder -- children with high highs and low lows -- to figure ...

What Does Recovery Mean to You? (blog)
By Bipolar Beat People often have a different idea of what “recovery” means in relation to bipolar disorder. Some think of it as no longer needing to take medication or see a doctor or therapist. Others may think of it as regaining control of their ...

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde coming to Sturges
San Bernardino Sun
The ultimate example of bipolar disorder, "Jekyll & Hyde," opens the 2011-12 season at the Sturges Center for the Fine Arts Oct. 14-16. The Tony Award-nominated musical, set in 19th-century London, tells of the classic battle between good and evil. ...

Man busted with stash of guns avoids jail
Edmonton Sun
Court heard Howard was diagnosed with bipolar disorder in 2000 and was on social assistance and his relationship with his sisters was poor, especially with one who “torments him about his lack of job and his lack of a life. ...

Annual Walk For Mental Health Aug. 20
Webster Kirkwood Times
The expo ties into one of The Walk's main goals, which is to create awareness of the mental health agencies in the area that provide treatment for depression, postpartum depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, bipolar disorder, autism and addiction ...


Lawmaker: Legislature acts, finally
Many offenders are diagnosed with “serious” mental health disorders — defined as schizophrenia, psychosis, major depression, organic brain dysfunction and bipolar disorder — and they have the highest rate of recidivism. Around 1800 offenders need ...

Sean Tovey's 'treatment' for sleeping out
The Australian
Picture: James Croucher Source: The Australian SEAN Tovey is an army veteran who has fought drug and alcohol addiction, bipolar disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, agoraphobia and depression during and since his service. ...

Missing teenager in Old Saybrook
Santiago has Bipolar disorder, ADHA, Intermittent Explosive Disorder, Borderline Intellectual Functioning, which means mentally is 10-12 years old, as well as Asthma and a shellfish allergy. He does not have a prescribed Inhaler or Epipen with him. ...

'Teen Mom' Amber Portwood--A Look Inside Rehab Stay
Gather Celebs News Channel
Teen Mom Amber Portwood is presently in rehab for issues including anger, depression and bipolar disorder--and she really seems to be making some positive strides. This week, the group Amber works closest with took a day outing and got to play with ...

Atwater: Mental health issues often in tandem with addiction
Northwest Herald
Other times, an addict or alcoholic may have a co-occurring mental disorder, the most common of which are depression, anxiety or bipolar disorder. In addition, an addict or alcoholic is likely to have poor emotional management skills, particularly in ...

Iowa's mentally ill and incarcerated
The majority of the mentally ill have mental illness that is chronic and persistent, including schizophrenia, recurrent major depressive disorder and bipolar disorder. One third of the nearly 3000 offenders paroled in 2005 were mentally ill. ...

Brandon Marshall: Borderline Beast - Official Trailer [HD]
BPD is a mental illness that studies say is more common than schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, but is rarely diagnosed because of misperceptions in the mental health community, and the challenges of providing a proper treatment plan. ...

Mental illness at the center of 'The Storm at the Door'
His second novel, "The Storm at the Door," unspools a compelling story around mental illness, specifically, bipolar disorder when it was still called "manic depression." Set in the 1960s, the story is loosely inspired by the lives of Block's ...

Cops: Ill. man tried to sell home that wasn't his
Chicago Tribune
Kellogg's last known address is the home he rented. He's due to report to prison on Aug. 11 in connection with unrelated burglary charges. Kellogg's attorney has said he suffers from bipolar disorder and mild schizophrenia.

Do you have bipolar disorder?
Times of India
Bipolar disorders are the main cause behind mood swings. These mood swings range from mild to severe and might cause damage to interpersonal relationships. Here's a checklist of moods that you might experience if you happen to have bipolar disorder: ...

Kristin Hersh muses on life and overcoming bipolar disorder
Herald Scotland
Hersh has suffered the torments of bipolar disorder for more than 25 years and was resigned to the fact that her illness would one day prove fatal. “I always thought that it would claim me,” confides the mother of four sons, whose ages range from 25 to ...


Brandon Marshall launches battle against BPD
Chicago Tribune
Telling the world you have a mental disorder is fearless. I had that opportunity the past decade. After sitting down with a psychiatrist for 15 minutes in 2001 she diagnosed me as bipolar disorder, handed me a bag full of drugs and told me to come back ...

Many people come out of themselves in therapy
Evansville Courier & Press
I have several groups for individuals with bipolar disorder. This is a serious mental illness that can demolish people's lives through poor judgment, impulsiveness and distorted moods that result in failed relationships, unsuccessful business ventures ...

Stephen Fray - twice a victim
Jamaica Gleaner
Another group comprises the mood disorders - cyclothymia, dysthymia, major depression and bipolar disorder - the extremes of the latter two can loosen a patient's grip on reality. But, the most severe and disabling kind of mental disorder is psychosis. ...

Frequent Visits to a French Psychiatric Emergency Service: Diagnostic ...
Psychiatric Services (subscription)
A total of 177 patients experienced diagnostic variability, which was found mainly in three diagnostic categories: schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, and bipolar disorder with psychotic features. Conclusions: Future studies should further examine ...

Speaker on mental health, coping with bipolar disorder
Winona Post
Author Brian Jost has broken that silence, bravely exposing his darkest moments with bipolar disorder to the world. Sharing his story, Jost said, is his part in helping to dissolve stigma and promote understanding for those with bipolar disorder and ...

Latimer: Study examines if bipolar disorder contributes to violence
Kelowna Capital News
One study out of Sweden sought to definitively answer this issue when it comes to individuals with bipolar disorder—one of the illnesses characterized by shifts in mood states between the lows of depression and the reckless, agitated highs of mania. ...

Famous People with Mood Disorders
International Business Times
Russell Brand- Brand's history of problems includes being diagnosed with bipolar disorder after kicking a drug habit. Today, he has a thriving, multi-faceted career on both sides of the Atlantic. Of course, it doesn't hurt that his wife is the ...

Brandon Marshall Has Borderline Personality Disorder. What Is It?
Huffington Post
The mental illness affects 2 percent of the adult population and is less well known than other disorders like schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. It is characterized by mood swings, unstable self image, troubled relationships and fears of abandonment. ...

Shirley Scott applied for disability insurance benefits and supplemental security income, claiming that she is disabled by bipolar disorder and numerous physical impairments. The Social Security Administration ("SSA") denied her claim, and a magistrate ...

This Month in Archives of General Psychiatry
Archives of General Psychiatry
Bakken et al (SEE ARTICLE) conducted a genome-wide association study of cortical thickness among individuals with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder and healthy controls. Two closely linked single-nucleotide polymorphisms on chromosome 15q12 reached ...

In journals, a chronicle of redemption
Frederick News Post (subscription)
By Patti S. Borda Michael Groves has kept journals of his rise from rock bottom with alcoholism and bipolar disorder. His life was going nowhere good 12 years ago after a back injury, mental illness and alcoholism removed him from an 18-year career in ...


Family Guidance Center of Warren County fills vital role serving 4500 ...
Warren Reporter
The bulk of the center's patients have been diagnosed with serious mental illnesses, such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, depression and anxiety disorders, according to McDonnell. These neurological disorders are treated by the center's licensed ...


State funding treatment is a good investment
Daily Journal
Of the roughly 20,000 murders that occur each year in the United States, about 1,000 of them are committed by people with untreated schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, according to the Virginia-based Treatment Advocacy Center.


Major research into bipolar disorder
Lancashire Evening Post
People diagnosed with bipolar disorder are needed to take part in a major research study. Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust, in partnership with the Spectrum Centre for Mental Health Research based at Lancaster University, is running two research ...

Antipsychotic Meds Not Effective for Combat PTSD
ABC News
(Getty Images) Risperidone, antipsychotic medication normally prescribed to treat symptoms of schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, may not be effective in treating symptoms of chronic post-traumatic stress disorder, according to a study published ...

Decision on bi-polar magistrate delayed
ABC Online
He claimed four complaints made against him related to a time before he was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. The Legislative Council had been due to vote on his future when it was told of fresh complaints, including one dated after Mr Maloney began ...

Zachary Odette, who died Sunday at 26, made his mental illness known in hopes ...
The Flint Journal -
By David Harris | Flint Journal SWARTZ CREEK, Michigan — Zachary Odette did not hide the fact he had a debilitating mental illness — in fact, he let the whole world know. Odette was diagnosed with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder in 2003, ...

One woman's journey with bipolar
New Westminster Newsleader
He had bipolar disorder since she was a little girl. Her parents were geologists in their native Romania, but they came to Canada seeking a better life, especially since mental illness was a social taboo and the treatment outdated. ...

Coping in the Peace Corps
Huffington Post
I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder with anger control problems and psychotic features when I was 16. During my senior year of high school I was hospitalized for attempting to take my own life. I took a leave of absence two months into my freshman ...

Why we need more mentally ill leaders
Salon spoke to Ghaemi over the phone about Hitler's bipolar disorder, Churchill's genius -- and what all of us can learn from these troubled leaders. Your book makes a very provocative argument about mental illness. How would you summarize it? ...

Demi Lovato Admits She's 'Much More Pleasant' To Work With After Going To Rehab!
Hollywood Life
Entering rehab for cutting issues, an eating disorder and Bipolar disorder was the best decision Demi Lovato could have ever made for herself, and she's the first to admit the experience changed her for the better. ”The biggest change is that I'm not ...


$2.3 million fraud scheme suspect affected by bipolar disorder, mother says
Wilkes Barre Times-Leader
But she insisted that her son's actions were related to mental illness. Bipolar disorder has run in her family for generations, Maynard said. And while she recognized that her son began showing symptoms three years ago, he rebuffed her pleas to seek ...

Mental health care frustration of banished man's family noted
Victoria Times Colonist
By Sandra McCulloch, Times Colonist August 4, 2011 6:16 AM Myrna Seward seeks treatment for her son Donovan Seward, who has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder. A mother's frustration with getting proper care for her mentally ill son has been noted by ...

Would You Vote for a Candidate with Bipolar Disorder? (blog)
I am not ashamed of being an alcoholic or having a bipolar disorder. Actually, I think my illnesses would make me a better politician. Hitting bottom leaves you with genuine humility and no one works harder or thinks outside the box – waaaay outside ...

Brandon Marshall risks a label to help himself
Perhaps it was for the best, because when Piersall revealed later in the book and movie "Fear Strikes Out" that he was being treated for bipolar disorder, he no longer was known simply as the sweet-fielding center fielder for Boston. ...

At that time, KE had already been diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), fetal alcohol syndrome, and disruptive behavior disorder. (She had also been given a diagnosis of bipolar disorder, but her treating physician, ...

Responding To Mental Illness in Your Workforce: Leading a Culture Change (blog)
These illnesses include depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and a number of anxiety disorders. While substance abuse is not strictly considered a mental disorder, new science shows that it does indeed result from differences in brain chemistry, ...

The art of recovery
Ames Tribune
She said she lives with “manic depression,” a mental health condition clinicians now term bipolar disorder. These days, Haynes has access to a new mode of therapy that's working wonders, she said, with no added medication, hours of counseling or ...

Blind murder suspect goes on trial
Boston Herald
... said Jake Wark, spokesman for Suffolk District Attorney Daniel Conley. Police say Marquez, who had been diagnosed with depression and bipolar disorder, killed Werner inside his home June 10, 2008. The defendant waived his right to a jury, Wark said.

US children hospitalized for mental illness
Reuters India
For youngsters, bipolar disorder showed the steepest increase, while anxiety diagnoses dropped. Although there have been concerns about over diagnosis of bipolar disorder and other mental problems among children, Blader said that was unlikely to be ...

$2.3 million fraud scheme suspect affected by bipolar disorder, mother says
Times Leader
Sugarloaf resident Charmaine Maynard said she was shocked to learn of charges against her son, Anthony J. Klatch II, who last week was indicted by an Alabama grand jury for allegedly bilking investors of $2.3 million. But she insisted that her son's actions were related to mental illness.



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