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August 19, 2010

Overcrowded California Prisons and Mental Health
Huffington Post (blog)
Family members, friends and his doctors had written letters in support of a minimum sentence, citing the mitigating factor of his bipolar illness. I had sent the Judge a summary of his hospitalizations over the past 22 years not only for his brain ...

Latimer: The mentally ill more likely to die from physical illness
Kelowna Capital News
For example, much attention is paid to the increased suicide risk among those with major depression, schizophrenia or bipolar disorder. Although this does contribute to the higher likelihood of death among the mentally ill, it is not the primary cause. ...

Kerli Dishes on Co-Penning Lyrics for Demi Lovato's 'Skyscraper'
The former Disney star was diagnosed with bipolar disorder and has also been battling depression and an eating disorder. After taking a few months off for some personal time, Ms. Lovato is truly making comeback with her summer hit 'Skyscraper,' and she ...

Layoffs, funding cuts hitting human-service providers
Tucson Citizen
Kelly Carbello was dedicated to her job as a clinical supervisor for a Phoenix counseling agency, where she was first hired as an intern and embraced during her recovery from bipolar disorder. She was laid off last month, another casualty of state ...

Little hope from family of Melissa Ekkelenkamp
She suffers from bipolar disorder. On Wednesday night, friends and family scoured west Edmonton, handing out missing persons posters. Melissa's sister Arlene Vandekmap says she doesn't know what more can be done. "If (the family) doesn't get any more ...

'Side Man' about jazz, marriage and other troubles; 'Summer' at the Spot
Chicago Tribune
Yet there are moments that clutch the heart as the slow-motion train wreck of a marriage runs off the rails of alcoholism, bipolar disorder and the hand-to-mouth difficulties of life as a "side man." The play, set between 1953 and 1985, has a narrator ...

A "Cute" Depression is an Ugly Thing
I suffer from either type II or III bipolar disorder; what once upon a time was referred to (at least in its type I form) as manic depression. There have been periods in my life where I suffered what, in retrospect, appear to be bouts of hypomania ...

Let's talk life: My wife is bipolar
Jamaica Gleaner
My wife suffers from bipolar disorder and it is rather stressful for me. I would like to be better able to manage the situation. About one to two per cent of the population has bipolar disorder, and it affects both male and female. ...

Author Rev. George J. Brassard Jr. to sign autobiography
Anderson Independent Mail
With the help of a few benevolent women, his life turned around when he found God and began receiving proper medical treatment for his bipolar disorder. In a straightforward question-and-answer format, “The Interview” addresses bipolarism and how it ...

Shame of stigma gets in way of helping people
The Coloradoan
The bulimic who hides her crackers and potato chips in the trunk of her car, the woman that you would never guess is diagnosed with bipolar disorder, or the patient that is hiding her diagnosis of AIDS. Behind these illnesses is shame, ...

His current diagnosis was schizoaffective disorder, bipolar type. Schizophrenia is marked by hallucinations and delusions, and bipolar disorder is marked by episodes of depression and mania. Defendant also has a violent criminal history. ...

Former psychiatric hospital patients rebuild lives
Rhodes has schizoaffective disorder, which lies on the spectrum of mental illness between schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. He has been in and out of the state mental hospital since the 1980s, but this time is different: He was asked if he'd like to ...

Top 5 Mental Conditions Treated With Marijuana
THE Weed Blog (blog)
The friends and family of those with Bipolar Disorder will welcome this news as much as the sufferer — medical marijuana can significantly calm the mood swings exhibited by those with Bipolar Disorder. Cannabis works as a mood stabilizer for sufferers ...

Bipolar Disorder – Everything You Should Know
Bipolar disorder іѕ among the fеw disorders thаt affect thеу don't havе a cure. The mоst important thing understand about bipolar іs that it affects thе part of the thinking part of the brain. Most of the оther disorders affect thе physical parts ...
Mental Health Disorders Prevalent Among Youth Worldwide
Brain Blogger (blog)
Disorders included major depression, substance abuse, schizophrenia, and bipolar disorder. The next most prevalent causes of disability were injuries (12%) and infectious and parasitic diseases (10%). In the United States, the prevalence of mental ...
Pa. woman sentenced to 2-10 years in prison for robbing bank while dressed as ...
Washington Post
Williams' attorney says she suffers from bipolar disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder and dependency on prescription drugs because of a spinal injury. Copyright 2011 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, ...
State to seek death penalty in mother's murder case
At the time of the shootings, Schenecker was being treated for depression, bipolar disorder and substance abuse. Detectives found numerous prescribed medications in the house. A close friend told them that the medicines were not "meshing. ...

Woman battles bipolar to publish ghost story
Birmingham Mail
by Diane Parkes, Birmingham Mail A FORMER teacher who has battled bipolar disorder has been shortlisted in the finals of a prestigious writing award. Jan Tchamani, aged 54, of Kings Heath, is one of 12 finalists in the Virago Asham Literary Award and ...

Gail Porter: I thought I'd never leave psychiatric clinic
Scottish Daily Record
She felt “as if I was in the film One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest” as she battled to overcome years of illness, including bipolar disorder, the eating disorder anorexia, postnatal depression and the hair loss condition alopecia. The Edinburgh-born star ...

For some, pot soothes the pain
Bakersfield Californian
Kleber, who has worked with marijuana research for years, said he knows of no studies suggesting marijuana is helpful for bipolar disorder or depression, a condition it may exacerbate. He also pointed to medications like Marinol, a FDA-approved drug ...

DR. PONDER: Antipsychotic meds can raise blood pressure
Odessa American
In adults, they are used for conditions ranging from severe depression to schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. This does not include attention deficit disorder, or ADD, but many children with ADD also have disruptive behavior disorders and may sometimes ...

Study finds genetic links between ADHD and other neurological disorders
Mother Nature Network (blog)
ADHD has often been associated with other neurological conditions such as autism spectrum disorders, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and learning disabilities. But until now, researchers have not been able to find the link between ADHD and other ...

Antipsychotics Best for Controlling Mania: Study
U.S. News & World Report
16 (HealthDay News) -- The manic episodes experienced by those with bipolar disorder are better controlled by antipsychotic drugs than mood stabilizers, a new, large study suggests. Researchers from Italy and the United Kingdom also found that three ...

Tampa mother charged with killing children will use insanity defense
Boston Herald
"(Schenecker) did not know it was wrong and this was because the defendant was suffering from a mental infirmity, disease or defect, to wit: Bipolar Disorder with psychotic features." Schenecker faces two counts of first-degree murder in the January ...

Local NAMI plans 'With Hope in Mind' workshop series
Cleveland Daily Banner
National Alliance on Mental Illness Bradley County is offering “With Hope In Mind,” a series of eight workshops specifically designed for family members, friends and caretakers of persons affected by mental illness (depression, bipolar disorder, ...

Illness management and recovery (IMR) in Danish community mental health centres
7thSpace Interactive (press release)
Schizophrenia and bipolar disorder are severe mental illnesses that can have a significant disabling impact on the lives of people. Psychosocial interventions that stress hope and recovery as a part of a multi-dimensional approach are possibly ...

Psychiatric test ordered for dangerous driver
660 News
The judge says he wants to know whether 25-year-old Miguel Lamoureux's bipolar disorder played a part in the reckless jaunt on July 25th. The Calgary Sun reports, Lamoureux pleaded guilty to dangerous driving, hit and run, and theft of a motor vehicle, ...

The new political dawn
The Bostwana Gazette
In my view, what appears to be compounding the health challenges of patient Botswana, is that she suffers from what Max du Preez calls bipolar disorder. Max du Preez says bipolar disorder is a condition of one of those patients who refuse to take their ...

Mental Health Matters: How technology can affect your mental health
The Morning Sun
Very young children are being diagnosed with bipolar disorder, depression, anxiety, autism and other types of mental illness. Is there a connection between the (over)use of technology with young children, limited exposure to what we know young children ...

Hub announces auditions for major rock musical 'Next to Normal'
Diane is a mother battling worsening bipolar disorder. She has a loving husband, Dan, and an ambitious, overachieving daughter, Natalie. “Next to Normal” reveals how Diane's bipolar disorder affects her family, addressing the issues of emotional grief, ...

Do we really want euthanasia?
Brantford Expositor
He had suffered from bipolar disorder for years and nothing seemed to help. He had accessed an assisted suicide website and he followed their instructions to the letter. His death devastated our family and the pain never goes away. ...

The medication that is 'best for treating bipolar disorder'
By Liz Lockhart When people with bipolar disorder have episodes of mania, not all mood stabilising drugs are effective according to a new analysis. An article published in the Pulse says that NICE guidelines currently do not recommend using any ...

Bi-Polar: You can't Catch It! It's a Disorder -- not a
This young person, we'll call him “Chad”, was diagnosed with bipolar disorder at the age of 8. He is now in his early teens and has been living with the disorder for quite a number of years. The reason for telling this story is to help all of us ...

Uganda should focus more attention on bipolar disorder
Daily Monitor
There is too little on the ground to show the Ministry of Health's effort in tackling the problem, that is, in addressing mental health, and bipolar disorder more specifically. Even though the Uganda National Health Policy 2001-2005 realises an upsurge ...

Maine Voices: Recognizing and treating mental illness may save young lives
Press Herald
SCARBOROUGH - Several recent tragic suicides of young people in our area call attention to one of the major contributing factors often responsible the onset of a major mental illness such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder or major depression. ...

What's In A Drug Name? Sometimes, Enough To Cause Mix-Ups
NPR (blog)
by Eliza Barclay Risperidone (Risperdal), prescribed for schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, and ropinirole (Requip), used for Parkinson's disease and restless legs syndrome, have strikingly similar labels. Risperidone (Risperdal), prescribed for ...

Depression support group plans first meeting
Madison Courier
Diane Gross, of Milton, Ky., is forming a support group for people who are dealing with depression or bipolar disorder and their families and friends. Gross, who was diagnosed with bipolar disorder at 36, wants to provide a peer-led group that will ...
Gail Porter's experience shows mental health care needs to improve
The Guardian
The former television presenter has little work now, but her press profile is maintained because of a string of misfortunes, including bipolar disorder, anorexia, alopecia, post-natal depression, and now, very sadly, an account of what it was like to ...

Looking back I'm sure the loss of my father, coupled with being diagnosed as dyslexic when I was 17, served to mask my bipolar disorder. As my behaviour grew more erratic I think many close to me assumed I was grieving or going through puberty. ...

Benefits For Severely Disabled Children Scrutinized
The SSI program for children is rapidly expanding, with the biggest increase among kids with mental, behavioral and learning disorders, including ADHD, speech delays, autism and bipolar disorder. But as it pulls in children like Hulston, the program is ...

Lawyers search for mental illness history in Jared Lee Loughner case
Irish Central
She said “There's a history in the family of what they used to call manic depression, which I guess they now call bipolar disorder…My mother battled depression. One of her sisters had extreme bouts. She'd be OK, then she'd dissolve over time. ...

This Week's Bipolar News

7 Nutrient-Packed Foods for People With Bipolar Disorder - Everyday Health
Everyday Health
If you have bipolar disorder, here's why foods rich in vitamin B or omega-3's belong on your plate.

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.

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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