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December 16, 2011

Mental illness alliance offers free 12-week course
Salisbury Post
Current information about schizophrenia, major depression, bipolar disorder (manic depression), panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, borderline personality disorder, and co-occurring brain disorders and addictive disorders. ...

Caregiving without Controlling
PsychCentral.com (blog)
No two people with bipolar have the same symptom patterns to the same triggers that resolve with the same meds or lifestyle changes. My husband's Rapid-Cycling Bipolar Disorder and Attention Deficit Disorder interact in such a way that he cannot ...

Health Jockey
HealthJockey.com
Fish seems to be reported consistently of showing certain beneficial attributes, be it with respect to some cancers or psychiatric illnesses like bipolar disorder. More recently, scientists from the University of Pittsburgh, have put forth that ...

Hinckley not dangerous and should be released, lawyers say
CNN International
Medical websites describe Risperdal as an antipsychotic medication often used to treat bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. Dr. Tyler Jones, director of psychiatry at St. Elizabeths, testified Hinckley also started taking Zoloft in 2005 after ...

Alleged swindler Hicks suffers mental illness, lawyer says
Bizjournals.com
The assertion that Hicks suffers from bi-polar disorder emerged at a hearing held to determine whether he could be released pending his trial on charges he stole $2.7 million from victims including Kris Humphries, husband of star Kim Kardashian. ...

New study looks at mental illness in families
Star Canterbury
The university's Department of Psychological Medicine is launching a new study called `Understanding families with mental illness.' The new study will look at Christchurch families that are strongly affected by mental illness, such as bipolar disorder, ...

Hell is other people
The Witness
IN 2003, my psychologist and a psychiatrist diagnosed me with Asperger's syndrome and attention deficit disorder. Last year, I was also diagnosed with bipolar disorder. From Grade 1 to 3, I went to a special school in Durban called Open Air. ...

Yorkey: Screen meets stage in unusual career path
Variety
By Justin Shady Brian Yorkey entered the world of screenwriting an accomplished playwright and lyricist -- he penned the book and lyrics for "Next to Normal," the 2009 Broadway musical about a mother suffering from bipolar disorder, which won three ...

Bi-polar disorder is not the end of the world
Ventura County Star
They say bad things happen for a reason, especially in the life of former CSUN student who has overcome her many struggles in life and her bipolar disorder. Today, 21-year-old Kinesiology major, Allison Castillo lived life very lost in her own world, ...

The right medicine
Tampabay.com
By John Fleming, Times Performing Arts Critic Yes, indeed they do, and somehow Tom Kitt (music) and Brian Yorkey (book and lyrics) created a compelling work about a suburban housewife named Diana Goodman who suffers from bipolar disorder. ...

Boy Interrupted: Bipolar Depression and a Teen's Suicide – Where Did ...
PsychCentral.com (blog)
The documentary retraces the life, psychiatric illness and eventual suicide of Evan Perry, medicated from age 7 and diagnosed with bipolar disorder age 10. At 15, Evan killed himself by jumping out the window of the bedroom he shared with his little ...

Mental health trust reforms legacy of artist's suicide
This is Local London
He was diagnosed with rapid-cycling bipolar disorder in May 2010 and experienced severe mood swings and suicidal tendencies before he suffocated himself on December 7. The 23-year-old Parkside Hospital porter was referred to Chessington community ...

Caregiving or Codependency?
PsychCentral.com (blog)
I see bipolar disorder as an illness (and would argue that Attention Deficit Disorder is less an illness and more a different kind of wiring in the brain), so does care-giving for someone with an illness make me codependent? If he had cancer or kidney ...

Introducing A Moody Marriage
PsychCentral.com (blog)
All of the stress (and stressors) of a long-term relationship are magnified when one or more of the people in the relationship is dealing with serious mental health issues, such as depression or bipolar disorder. Mental illness amplifies existing ...

Peer Counseling Aids Mental Illness Recovery
Voice of America
The mental health, wellness and recovery center works to help people who suffer from depression, bipolar disorder, panic attacks and other disorders that can alter thought, mood or behavior. One in five adults in America suffers from some form of ...

Let's talk life
Jamaica Gleaner
I am also on medication for bipolar disorder, which came on before I was diagnosed as having hyperthyroidism. I was not aware that mental health is influenced by the thyroid gland. Thanks for your letter because this is a very important topic. ...

If troubled kids aren't bipolar, then what is troubling them?
Minneapolis Star Tribune
For every 10 kids who enter Elmore Academy, a correctional facility in southern Minnesota, three or four take psychotropic drugs for bipolar disorder or mood problems. By the time they leave, only one or two remain on the potent medications, ...

Mental Health Disorders by the Pair
dailyRx
Considering the rarity of mental health diseases such as obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) and bipolar disorder, one would think it would be quite uncommon for such diseases to occur concurrently in an individual. However, a new study shows very high ...

Foodbank crusader crosses Canada on mission
Windsor Star
WINDSOR, Ont. -- Depression, bipolar disorder, legal problems, financial collapse and a slew of naysayers aren't enough to stop Danny Halmo from his mission. A lot of things, actually: making the Guinness World Records, entertaining the masses, ...

Psychosis after birth – just how many mums suffer from it?
MadeForMums
Every year about 1000 women in the UK suffer from Postpartum Psychosis (also called Puerperal Psychosis, Postnatal Psychosis or Postpartum onset Bipolar Disorder), reports Clare Dolman from the BBC. “When we're talking about postpartum psychosis, ...

House Veterans' Affairs Subcommittee on Health Hearing
Insurance News Net (press release)
So the major risk factors for suicide are the presence of an untreated psychiatric disorder (depression, bipolar disorder, generalized anxiety and substance and alcohol abuse), the history of a past suicide attempt and a family history of suicide or ...

The Health Risks of Being Left-Handed
Wall Street Journal
Research that suggests that there is a link between favoring the left hand and an increased risk of bipolar disorder and ADHD, among other conditions. Emily Nelson has details on Lunch Break. Handedness, as the dominance of one hand over the other is ...

Mom blames dad in deaths
Tbo.com
That same year, Julie Schenecker was diagnosed with bipolar disorder, schizoaffective disorder and severe depression, the documents state. She later was diagnosed with personality disorder. Parker Schenecker knew his wife went through a manic phase for ...

On Stage 12/6: Carols, classics and a family in crisis
ThirdCoast Digest
The Tony- and Pulitzer-winning show about a family coping with bipolar disorder will make its regional premiere in Milwaukee, one of the first cities to stage a production since the musical closed on Broadway in January. The production also reunites ...

Friends sell handmade crafts to raise cash for Rethink Mental Illness
Times Series
Ms Dunn said: “We both have friends with bipolar disorder and we'd had a lot of difficulty trying to get the support we needed. “When someone is absolutely terrified, as a friend and a carer you just want to be able to help them and do the best for the ...

Century-Old Brains May Hold Future Of Treatment For Mentally Ill, Indiana University Pathologist Says
EurekAlert!
( Indiana University School of Medicine ) George Sandusky, D.V.M., Ph.D., senior research professor of pathology and laboratory science at the Indiana University School of Medicine, is working to extract DNA from brains preserved more than 100 years ago. The goal is to improve diagnosis and treatment for psychological illnesses such as bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and post-traumatic stress ...

Consumer Reports: The Truth About Fish Oil; Testing Suggests Some Brands Fall ...
MarketWatch (press release)
Fish oil supplements have become wildly popular, with consumers taking them to treat a long list of ailments including menstrual cramps, heart disease, asthma, bipolar disorder, high blood pressure, depression, psoriasis, attention deficit ...

No psychiatrist wants to go to prison
Times of India
The psychiatrist also recalled a prisoner suffering from bipolar disorder and cannabis addiction, but now completely cured and released from jail. "I got a call from a doctor friend at Nimhans one day, and she put her autorickshaw driver on the line. ...

Bipolar Sheriff Asked To Clear Up Rumors
WCTI12.com
Davis said his manic bipolar disorder led him to yell at employees and send inappropriate emails. Davis said long hours and little sleep as sheriff led him to hear voices that didn't exist. He began an indefinite leave from his job two weeks ago.

Police Make a Potentially Crucial Break in Long Island Serial Killer Case
New York Magazine
Shannan Gilbert was bright and ambitious independent and willful enough to refuse, as a teenager, to take medication she'd been prescribed for bipolar disorder, yet smart and driven enough to finish high school a year early. She worked at a hotel, an Applebee's, and a senior center before moving to New Jersey from upstate New York. She wanted to be a singer, and when the auditions didn't lead ...

Teen Mom's Amber Portwood: "I've Been Diagnosed With Extreme Bipolar and Disassociative Disorder"
E! Online
Amber Portwood is opening up like never before. "I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder three years ago. I struggle with it. I hate it. I grieve over it," the Teen Mom star told...

Sarah Litzsinger, Tony Winner Jarrod Emick, Tim Young Are Next to Normal in Milwaukee
Playbill
Beauty and the Beast's Sarah Litzsinger stars as Diana, a mother battling depression and bipolar disorder, in the Milwaukee Repertory Theater's production of the Pulitzer Prize-winning musical Next to Normal, which is currently in previews prior to an official opening Dec. 9 in The Repâ
€™s Quadracci Powerhouse.



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