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November 25, 2011

Unraveling How A Mutation Can Lead To Psychiatric Illness
PhysOrg
In recent years, scientists have discovered several genetic mutations associated with greater risk of psychiatric diseases such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. One such mutation, known as DISC1 an abbreviation for Disrupted in Schizophrenia-1 was first identified in a large Scottish family with high rates of schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and depression.

Wichita Woman Not Guilty in Fatal Stabbing of Friend
Kansas Public Radio
A Sedgwick County jury has found a Wichita woman not guilty by reason of mental disease to murder charges in the stabbing death of a friend last year. Testimony during the trial indicated that Catie Collins suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder and bipolar disorder.

Bipolar Recovery as Transformation
PsychCentral.com (blog)
By Joe Kraynak I always thought of recovery from bipolar disorder as a return to the BB (before bipolar) era, but as Class 10 of NAMI's Family-to-Family course points out, recovery doesn't necessarily mean going back to the “good old days. ...

Bipolar Kids May Focus on Different Facial Features
HealthDay via Yahoo! News
THURSDAY, Nov. 17 (HealthDay News) -- Children with bipolar disorder and a similar condition called severe mood dysregulation spend less time looking at the eyes when trying to identify facial features, compared to children without the psychiatric disorders, researchers say.

Omega-3, Psychotherapy May Help Kids With Bipolar, Depression
HealthCanal.com
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Omega-3 fatty acid supplements and psychotherapy together may be helpful for children ages 8 to 14 with symptoms of depression and a variation of bipolar disorder. COLUMBUS, Ohio – Omega-3 fatty acid supplements and psychotherapy ...

Shania Twain's Stalker Gets Early Jail Release
The Gossip Girls
Dr Helen Ward, who was present in court, explained that Giovanni suffers from bipolar disorder but still found him criminally responsible for his actions. Twain initially became alarmed by this man after sending her countless love letters, ...

Research Explains Why Children With Autism Have Difficulty Indentifying Emotions
Examiner.com
New research presented at the Society for Neuroscience this past Wednesday has provided a clear explanation of why children with bipolar disorder have difficulty identifying and identifying the correct emotions in facial expressions. ...

Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation Awards $2.34 Million in Grants to Help ...
MarketWatch (press release)
By the best and most recent estimate, nearly one in three women and one in seven men in our nation's jails suffer from depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia or other mental illnesses. For these individuals, finding work and a place to live ...

Parker man releases book of poetry
Our Colorado News
Inspired by his struggles with bipolar disorder, Colorado author Thomas R. Wilson has used his experiences to fuel his poetry. Both hopeful and thoughtful, his new poetry collection releasing nationwide this week, "Glimmer of a Soul," reveals the ...

PHOTO CALL: Next to Normal , With Stacia Fernandez and Leo Daignault, at Florida Studio Theatre
Playbill
Stacia Fernandez of Broadway's Mamma Mia! is currently tackling the role of Diana Goodman, a wife and mother struggling with bipolar disorder, in the Florida Studio Theatre's production of the Pulitzer Prize-winning musical Next to Normal.

Pendleton Cottage Residents Work Their Way Back To Society
OPB News
A diagnosis of bipolar disorder followed. Lithium got him back on track. Ten years passed before the next episode. He and his wife had agreed to a divorce, so traumatic for Barrett that he thinks the break-up triggered his second full-blown incident. ...
In poll heat, Punjab lingo hots up too
Hill Post
Majithia said experts were saying these could be “strong symptoms of Bipolar affective disorder”. Majithia's onslaught against Amarinder brought a reaction from Congress legislator Sukhpal Khaira, who said: “Unlike the Akali Dal, the Congress is not a ...
Increased Drug Options for Mental Health
dailyRx
A billion dollar agreement between Danish company H. Lundbeck A/S and Japanese-born Otsuka Pharmaceutical Company, Ltd. announced an agreement to produce up to five psychiatric products, including a drug to treat schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, ...
Suspect in his mother's death had mental illness history
KSLA-TV Shreveport
Court documents show Chris Holder, the suspect in his mother, Donna Holder's death, had previously been diagnosed with bipolar disorder and general anxiety disorder.
Bipolar Disorder: Extreme Mood Swings Decoded
Times of India
Dr. Pulkit Sharma, Clinical Psychologist and Psychoanalytical Therapist at Vimhans Hospital, Delhi takes us through bipolar disorder in detail. Understanding Bipolar Disorder: Bipolar Disorder is a psychological disorder where the person swings between ...
Living with mental illness a daily struggle
Today's THV
According to NAMI Arkansas, mental illnesses include such disorders as schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, bipolar disorder, major depressive disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, panic and other severe anxiety disorders, autism and pervasive ...
Do You Stigmatize Mental Illness?
Patch.com
Beth talked to a doctor and was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. Her brain, apparently, had found a way to defend itself against an abusive marriage, although the warning signs of mental illness had been there for years. Desperate to find a new home, ...
Loss Inspires Drayton Charity Worker
AboutMyArea
Nicola Copping, 39, who has Bipolar Disorder, a condition that causes high state of low and high emotions, volunteers for The Salvation Army in their Good Neighbours Scheme - a project specifically set up for the elderly. When her own grandmother ...
Menopause the Musical
Los Angeles Times
Take “Next to Normal” (bipolar disorder) or “Sweeney Todd” (a diabolical, sociopathic barber). And then there is “Menopause the Musical.” Since its debut 10 years ago in Orlando, Fla., the unlikely hit has been seen by millions of people worldwide. ...
Treating foster children with antipsychotics
Minneapolis Star Tribune (blog)
... raises concerns that doctors are prescribing antipsychotics such as Risperdal and Seroquel to treat behavior problems of foster children just as much as they are prescribing the drugs to treat schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. ...
Suspect in double murderer psychotic, psychologist says
MetroWest Daily News
Under questioning by Velez's attorney, Thomas Ford, Brown, a clinical and forensic psychologist, said Velez suffered from schizoaffective disorder, which he described as a combination of schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. Brown said he reviewed Velez' ...
J&J drug protocols cost taxpayers millions, lawsuit claims
Dailyrecord.com
Risperdal was approved by the FDA in 1993 to treat patients with schizophrenia and, a decade later, patients with bipolar disorder. Janssen, on its website, also says the drug can help treat some symptoms of autism in children and adolescents. ...
'I was a walking time bomb' says Underbelly star Matthew Newton
New Zealand Herald
Newton, 35, speaking on the Nine Network's A Current Affair, said he had wanted to kill himself as he struggled with post-traumatic stress, obsessive compulsive disorder and bipolar depression. He was forced to seek treatment after a blow-up with his ...
Mental patients 'in poor physical shape'
Ninemsn
A snapshot of 2000 Australians with psychotic illnesses, including schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, found most were in poor physical shape. Almost half are obese while two thirds smoke tobacco and more than 50 per cent abuse alcohol and other drugs ...
Friends get knitting for Rethink Mental Illness charity
Times Series
Jenny Blyth, 24, and Jess Dunn, 31, have embarked on a challenge to raise £4000 for the charity which has helped them support close friends who suffer with mental illness. Jenny, whose foster sister has bipolar disorder, said: “RMI is a charity very ...
Wise admits steak knife slaying
Danville News
Wise, 33, who has a bipolar disorder, other mental problems and borderline mental retardation, told President Judge Thomas James Jr. that he understood the plea agreement. Under the plea, Wise faces a sentence of 20 to 40 years in jail and a $50000 ...
Antipsychotic drugs tied to diabetes risk in kids
Reuters
By Amy Norton NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - The antipsychotic drugs that are increasingly being used to treat bipolar disorder, autism and other mental disorders in children may come with an increased risk of diabetes, a new study suggests. ...
Lawyer seeks dismissal of evidence in Hudson double slay
Boston Herald
The psychologist said Velez suffered from schizoaffective disorder, which he described as a combination of schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. The MetroWest Daily News reports that prosecutors questioned the thoroughness of the psychologist's ...
THV Extra at 10: Treating mental illness
Today's THV
It happens to thousands of Arkansans suffering from mental illness. According to NAMI Arkansas, mental illnesses include such disorders as schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, bipolar disorder, major depressive disorder, obsessive-compulsive ...
Foster kids get more antipsychotics: study
Reuters
The medications are used to treat schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, and go by brand names such as Zyprexa, Risperdal and Seroquel. Doctors also prescribe them for other psychiatric disorders. Dr. Michael Naylor, a professor at the University of ...
Health briefs for Nov. 23
North County Times
BIPOLAR DISORDER: "Bipolar Disorder: Eight Strategies for Coping as an Individual and as a Family," is the topic for guest speaker Dr. David Miklowitz at Dec. 8, hosted by the International Bipolar Foundation. Free. Social time 5:30 pm, lecture and Q&A ...
The Year in Psychiatry: Studies Not to Miss From 2011
Medscape
Notably, compared with other high-income as well as low-income countries, the highest rates of bipolar disorder were recorded in the United States, with a lifetime prevalence of 4.4% and a 12-month prevalence of 2.8%. Of note, 75% of subjects with ...
Ellen Rubenstein Chelmis is a dedicated gleaner throughout the year, gathering ...
Asheville Citizen-Times
“I have been recently diagnosed with mental illness known as manic bipolar disorder,” Davis said in a statement issued Wednesday afternoon. “It appears as though I've had this disorder for several years but in the last two years it has become worse,” ...
Henderson County Sheriff Davis taking a leave of absence after bipolar diagnosis
Mountain Xpress
By Jeff Fobes on 11/23/2011 05:59 PM Henderson County Sheriff Rick Davis has said he will be taking a leave of absence from his position after recently being diagnosed with manic bi-polar disorder. ... “I have been functioning on two to three hours' ...
Disabled Nova Scotians' talents 'untapped'
TheChronicleHerald.ca
Referring to her own experiences with bipolar disorder, mental health advocate and author Margaret Trudeau said employer education will foster a positive work environment. "When we talk about bipolar, our imbalance is very important so a manager asking ...
Henderson County Sheriff Being Treated For Bipolar Disorder
WYFF 4 Greenville
Henderson County Sheriff Rick Davis said he suffers from bipolar disorder and is taking a leave of absence to seek treatment.



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