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May 18, 2012

A new look at nature of mood disorder
Boston.com
By age 12, doctors diagnosed him with bipolar disorder. The idea that he had a chronic mental illness - one typically marked in adulthood by manic periods followed by depression - frightened him. “It's something you think you'll have your entire life ...

 
 

Proposed new diagnosis for bipolar disorder divides psychiatrists
Boston Globe
By Patricia Wen Steve Thompson (right, with brother David) was diagnosed with bipolar disorder as a child but the diagnosis has since been dropped. As a child, Steve Thompson displayed outsized reactions to ordinary events and intense mood swings.

 
 

Bipolar Disorder Has Its Upside, Patients Say
LiveScience.com
The problems that come with bipolar disorder are well-known, however, some people with the condition feel lucky to have it. In a British study, 10 people with biopolar disorder — a serious mental illness characterized by swings between elation and ...

Sinead O'Connor Talks Bipolar Disorder & Split With Manager
Pollstar
The singer blames O'Caellaigh for not taking her bipolar disorder and post traumatic stress disorder into consideration, including a January 2012 suicide attempt, when scheduling her commitments. O'Connor notes that although her schedule was usually ...

International Bipolar Foundation releases 'Healthy Living with Bipolar ...
Rancho Santa Fe Review
In celebration of May – Mental Health Month — the International Bipolar Foundation (IBPF) launched the publication of its book, “Healthy Living with Bipolar Disorder.” The book is geared to both the person with bipolar disorder and their caregivers.

International Bipolar Foundation Hosts Rancho Santa Fe YSL Fashion Event
PR Web (press release)
Dedicated to curing Bipolar Disorder, the International Bipolar Foundation is hosting a private invitation Yves St. Laurent (YSL) Fashion Show May 15 in Rancho Santa Fe, CA. Dresses, shoes, accessories, and cosmetics from the 2012 YSL collection will ...

Trudeau shares mental health message, Former prime minister's wife tells story ...
EMC Ottawa West
EMC news - Margaret Trudeau gave a candid account of her struggle with mental illness at the Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre on May 4, recounting a life of depression, addiction and struggles with bipolar disorder. Trudeau - an author, mother, ...

Female care worker, 58, stabbed to death by dangerous patient 'who should ...
Daily Mail
Abacus House in Dunstable, Bedfordshire, was unsuitable for the care and treatment of Stephen Flatt, who suffered from bipolar disorder, it was alleged. He could be aggressive and violent, and had also been known to exhibit sexually inappropriate ...

 
 

Sinead O'Connor: 'Expectations of me were unreasonable and inhumane'
NME.com
The singer posted a lengthy message on her fan website describing her on-going battle with bipolar disorder and the split with her manager Fachtna O'Ceallaigh. She writes that instead of receiving treatment for her bipolar disorder, her condition was ...

 
 

Childhood Bipolar Boom: More Cases or Misdiagnoses?
ABC News
Dr. Avram H. Mack, a child and adolescent psychiatrist in Washington, DC, wonders if an explosion in childhood bipolar disorder reflects a true increase in the condition, or the inappropriate labeling of some youngsters that potentially could hold them ...

Gifts of the MAGI in schizophrenia and bipolar disorder
EurekAlert (press release)
Led by principal investigator and senior author Dr. Silvia Paddock, they examined genetic variations in families with bipolar affective disorder, schizophrenia, and schizoaffective disorder. These disorders have high overlapping genetic risk and are ...

Introducing Bipolar Trek
PsychCentral.com (blog)
By John M. Grohol, PsyD Bipolar disorder is a serious mental illness that impacts millions of people around the world. We're pleased to introduce Bipolar Trek: The Voyages of BipolarLab with Dr. Yanni Malliaris, Bsc, PhD, who is a Clinical Psychologist ...

Fish good for mood disorders—study
Trinidad Guardian
When studies compare the mood disorders in different countries, populations that eat the most fish have the lowest rates of depression, bipolar disorder, postpartum depression, and seasonal affective disorder. These fats also seem to play a role in ...

Is Adult ADHD Linked to Addiction?
PsychCentral.com
General practitioners often attribute ADHD symptoms to more commonly diagnosed disorders such as depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety disorders or common negative lifestyle issues such as poor diet. Improper diagnosis ensures that ADHD remains ...

Child abuse survivor wants break from past
Chicago Sun-Times
Dear Abby: I think my in-laws want my husband to divorce me because I have Asperger's syndrome and bipolar disorder. Sometimes I innocently say things that other family members take offense to. I have offered to educate my in-laws about bipolar and ...

Dear Abby: Parents betray daughters by protecting son
The Coloradoan
DEAR ABBY: I think my in-laws want my husband to divorce me because I have Asperger's syndrome and bipolar disorder. Sometimes I innocently say things that other family members take offense to. My mother-in-law then calls my husband, tells him what a ...

Musicians band for bi-polar research
Escanaba Daily Press
Guitarist and vocalist Sean Costello, who died tragically the day before his 29th birthday in April 2008, will be the focus of a musical tribute and Bipolar Disorder fundraiser on Sunday, May 20, from 3-10 pm at the UpFront & Company in Marquette.

Hateful Feedback: "It's not the meds, it's YOUR fault you're fat"
About - News & Issues
By Marcia Purse, About.com GuideMay 11, 2012 Back in 2010 I posted a blog called Bipolar Disorder, Meds and Blood Sugar. In it I talked about my situation, having gained a total of 80 pounds from various psych meds and developing diabetes as a result.

Rocky Mountain ADA Center Announces Five Tips for Establishing a Mentally ...
PR.com (press release)
The ADA defines mental impairment to include psychiatric disabilities including mental illness. There are more than 200 classified forms of mental illness. Some of the more common disorders are depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety disorders (which ...

Illinois receives $20 million in settlements
Carmi Times
In the first settlement, Madigan and the states alleged in a civil complaint that Abbott engaged in deceptive practices to market Depakote, which is FDA-approved for treating seizure disorders, mania associated with bipolar disorder and prophylaxis of ...

Mood Swings of a Bipolar Friendship
WebMD (blog)
The symptoms of my illness really came to life in high school. Thus my friendships began to take a bit of a bipolar curve of their own. I'd get depressed and suddenly I was like a magnet with the opposite charge … everyone cleared the area and kept ...

Bipolar Symptoms Stronger When Anxiety Disorder is Present
PsychCentral.com
By Traci Pedersen Associate News Editor People who suffer from an anxiety disorder in addition to bipolar disorder are more likely to have severe symptoms of bipolar, such as suicidal behavior, more manic episodes, and more depressive episodes, ...

Performance offers a window to mental illness
Chicago Tribune
The show, at the Center on Halsted's Hoover-Leppen Theatre, comprises five monologues by women about depression or bipolar disorder. Performed by professional actors, they were crafted from the words of five real women. One of them is Julie.

Highlighting mental health through art
Today's THV
The story revolves around a mother who struggles with worsening bipolar disorder. "Bipolar disorder is a chronic mental illness that is characterized by dramatic shifts in mood, energy, activity level and behavior that then impacts a person's ability ...

Great Lakes Psychology Group Offers Free Online Mental Health Screenings
WebWire (press release)
Clarkston, MI, May 14, 2012 - Great Lakes Psychology Group now offers free online mental health screenings for depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, post traumatic stress disorder and adolescent depression. A recent study conducted by the Institute ...

What is having ECT like?
The Guardian
Or even to the broadly admirable portrayal of an intelligent woman with bipolar disorder. I'm talking about the traumatic electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) scene. It's actually not a big deal. And I should know – I've had it several times.

Mental Health Hero Julie Fast
PsychCentral.com (blog)
By Chato B. Stewart Julie A. Fast is a world leading mental health expert on the topics of bipolar disorder, depression, seasonal affective disorder and mood management. She is the bestselling author of Loving Someone with Bipolar Disorder, ...

Missouri obtains $15 million in Medicaid fraud settlement
Waynesville Daily Guide
Depakote is approved for treatment of seizure disorders, mania associated with bipolar disorder, and prevention of migraines, but Abbott marketed the drug for treating other conditions, including schizophrenia, agitated dementia and autism.

Author talks about mental illness -- in her book and in her life
Auburn Citizen
Sitting circle-time style in the bookstore's cushy chairs with cups of coffee crowding a table, Winters-Schwarts — who has one daughter diagnosed with bi-polar disorder, another diagnosed with schizophrenia — talked about how her own experiences with ...

Fairview Police Search For Missing Endangered Teen
News On 6
According to police, Pittsenbarger suffers from bipolar disorder and depression. She did not take her medicine with her when she went missing. Pittsenbarger is under proven medical or physical disability. Police believe she is in imminent danger of ...

Three people talk about living with bipolar disorder, including a mum and son
Scottish Daily Record
So when Gary was later diagnosed with bipolar disorder, he urged his mother to go to her GP. And the mother and son say they weren't surprised at all when tests later revealed Patricia suffered from bipolar disorder, too. Patricia, 44, said: “Gary and ...

Supreme Court Rejects Case of Former Sailor With Stress Disorder
New York Times (blog)
The former sailor, Osborn Miranda, had argued that his guilty plea in the case was not valid because he suffered from both post-traumatic stress disorder and bipolar disorder. During the guilty-plea inquiry, a military judge did not delve into the ...

Mental health is much more than serious illnesses
The Southern
Often, when people think about “mental health” they associate this with those with severe mental illnesses such as schizophrenia or bipolar disorder. However, mental health is more than that. It is a healthy balance of mental and emotional well-being ...

Reducing Off-Label Use Of Antipsychotic Medications May Save Money
HealthNewsDigest.com
Researchers say that 57.6 percent of patients prescribed antipsychotic medications in data from 2003 did not have schizophrenia or bipolar disorder, the conditions for which the drugs were approved for use. Use of medication for treatments that is not ...

 
 

An Epidemic of Mental Disorders?
PsychCentral.com (blog)
By John M. Grohol, PsyD Every month, I run across a newspaper or online article about how such-and-such mental disorder is an “epidemic.” I can rattle off the disorders that have been paired with this word so far this year — bipolar disorder in ...

 
 

Mental disorder hospitalizations up 19% in 2011
AirForceTimes.com
But in 2010, mental disorders — mainly adjustment diagnoses, including post-traumatic stress disorder, and episodic mood disorders, including major depression and bipolar disorder — were associated with more hospitalizations among the active-duty ...

Understanding mental health
Aspen Daily News
In fact, recent research has found that people with severe mental illness (ie schizophrenia, bipolar disorder or psychosis) are twice as likely to be the victim of violence than the general population. Educate those around you that there is little to ...

Theater Review: Next to Normal
Jerusalem Post
By HELEN KAYE Next to Normal powerfully tells the story of an ordinary family as it struggles to cope with mental illness. Diana Goodman's (Ayelet Robinson) long-time bipolar disorder, also known as manic-depression, isn't easy to live with, ...

Shock therapy patients wait over red tape
Windsor Star
The Canadian Psychiatric Association recognizes ECT as a treatment for drug-resistant depression, bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. Until recently, scientists were not entirely sure how or why it worked, but that it was very effective in helping ...

Manatee County School Board Regular Meeting Results May 14, 2012
The Bradenton Times
... for School Psychologists and School Social Workers to use when working with district students who have been diagnosed with ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder), Bipolar Disorder, Depression and PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder).

Bipolar Disorder (Manic-Depression)
The Korea Herald
Bipolar disorder gets its name because it is associated with mood swings from one extreme to the other. It used to be called manic depression, as it involves both the lows of depression and the highs of mania. People with this illness experience ...

Walk spotlights mental health
Sioux Falls Argus Leader
Penny Hall learned she had bipolar disorder 19 years ago. That diagnosis is one reason the 48-year-old plans to join the NAMI Walk this weekend. NAMI, or the National Alliance on Mental Illness, is holding it's ninth annual walk at 9 am Saturday.

What is Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder?
PsychCentral.com (blog)
By John M. Grohol, PsyD In the late 1990s and continuing on into the past decade, bipolar disorder started being diagnosed more and more in children. This became a problem only because the criteria for bipolar disorder in children have never been ...

 
 

How Big Pharma and the Psychiatric Establishment Drugged Up Our Kids
AlterNet
In his book Psychiatryland, psychiatrist Phillip Sinaikin recounts reading a scientific article in which it was debated whether a three-year-old girl who ran out into traffic had oppositional-defiant disorder or bipolar disorder, the latter marked by ...

Corrections: May 17
New York Times
It is bipolar disorder, not bipolar personality disorder. BUSINESS DAY An article on Wednesday in the Square Feet pages, about the renovation of the Cross County Shopping Center in Yonkers, misstated the amount paid in lieu of property taxes by the ...

Researchers Crack Codes for Lithium, Electroshock
Pacific Standard
While they have been widely used for decades, no one knew exactly why two mainstays of psychiatric treatment–lithium chloride for bipolar disorder and electroconvulsive (or electroshock) therapy for major depression–worked.

Lawson researcher receives 1 of first-ever Pfizer Psychiatry Research Awards
EurekAlert (press release)
Dr. Elizabeth Osuch, Scientist and Rea Research Chair of Affective and Anxiety Disorders at Lawson, is one of two researchers to receive $100000 to support their research. Dr. Osuch's winning proposal aims to improve diagnosis of bipolar disorder in ...

May is Mental Health Awareness Month
Intermountain Catholic
Some of the serious mental illnesses include major depression, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, panic disorder and post traumatic stress disorder. "Mental illnesses can affect persons of any age, race, religion, ...

 
 

Larry Evans request in hands of judge
Mansfield News Journal
He has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder with psychotic features. He since has been treated with lithium. Stinson said the medication has made a huge difference. "He's completely asymptomatic," he said. "There's no symptoms of his mental illness at ...

Account of bipolar struggle leads Cleethorpes man to tea with Ruby Wax at the Ritz
This is Grimsby
Robert Palmer, who has bipolar disorder, entered a competition organised by the mental health website Black Dog Tribe. WAXING LYRICAL: Robert Palmer, of Cleethorpes, who has bipolar disorder, has won a competition to have afternoon tea with comedienne ...

David Feherty 'much stronger' after battles with illness, addiction
Fort Worth Star Telegram
But life off-camera is far from an endless series of one-liners for the Dallas resident, who takes daily medications to deal with diagnoses of clinical depression and bipolar disorder. "Life totally sucks when I'm not on my meds.

Separating What's Bipolar From What's Not
PsychCentral.com (blog)
By Joe Kraynak One of the things I hate most about bipolar disorder is how subtly sinister it can be when a loved one is trending toward mania — not manic yet or even hypomanic, just talking faster and louder, blurting out statements that are a little ...

"That's Just Crazy Talk": Stage Play Tackles Bipolar Stigma
Clinical Psychiatry News Digital Network
PHILADELPHIA – Seeking to address issues of stigma surrounding bipolar disorder among patients and health care providers, a group of Canadian researchers and patient advocates commissioned a play aimed at giving a human face to someone who has ...

Pfizer announces first-ever recipients of its Psychiatry Research Awards
Canada NewsWire (press release)
Eligible areas of study include clinical research involving humans, or outcomes/epidemiological research in the areas of major depressive disorders, schizophrenia or bipolar disorder. "Pfizer Canada is dedicated to supporting outstanding research that ...

Genomind Launches Open Label Study for PGx-Guided Psychiatric Therapy
GenomeWeb
Genomind claims the test can be used "for a range of psychiatric conditions," including depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, anxiety disorders, obsessive compulsive disorder, and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

Book Review: The Guardians -- An Elegy
Huffington Post
Because his death was from suicide while in the throes of an acute psychotic illness, likely bipolar disorder, his death is yet another preventable tragedy. In this country, 35000 people annually succumb to death by their own doing; there are no doubt ...



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
thedebrief
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
seattletimes
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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