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June 1, 2011

Newton Woman's Fight Against Bipolar Disorder
But it turns out Amanda actually suffers from bipolar disorder and those hobbies are a positive way to cope with her disorder. "I've dealt with issues such as cutting and self-harm issues," Williams admits. "I've done some pretty harmful things to ...

'Perfect Chaos': Cinda And Linea Johnson Tells Mother-Daughter Story Of ...
Huffington Post
The story follows Linea, the youngest Johnson sister, as she struggles with bipolar disorder and her family pitches in to support her on the journey to recovery. The description of Linea's darkest moments and her mother Cinda's love as they strive for ...

Live shows: Now Appearing
Columbus Dispatch
Best known as Princess Leia in the first Star Wars trilogy, the actress-novelist-screenwriter has survived battles with addiction and bipolar disorder. Wednesday May 23 in “An Evening with Carrie Fisher,” presented by the Wexner Center for the Arts and ...


Woman charged in SD slaying cites mental illness
Houston Chronicle
She told KSFY-TV in a phone interview ( ) that she has been diagnosed with depression, schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. "I blank out and I can't remember anything," she said. "And you know, I don't know what goes on.

From psychobabble to biobabble?
Commonweal (blog)
Three years ago, in the TLS, Andrew Scull reviewed David Healy's book MANIA A short history of bipolar disorder. Here is how he introduced Healy: Yet he has vaulted to prominence as a fierce critic of standard professional practice; of the role of Big ...

Carrie Fisher Hosts Discovery Fit & Health's Psych Week Beginning Sunday, June 3
With mental health programming airing nightly, beginning Sunday, June 3 at 8 PM ET/PT, PSYCH WEEK will profile individuals dealing with a spectrum of afflictions and addictions, from agoraphobia, sexsomnia and bipolar disorder to schizophrenia, ...

Looking for a Sponsor (blog)
By Joe Kraynak I've been in touch with a translator who wants to translate Bipolar Disorder For Dummies for printing and distribution in Iran. Wiley's partner in Iran won't do the book unless it has a sponsor to cover the printing costs, ...

A Doctor's Perspective on tDCS
American News Report
Subsequently, I've used tDCS for migraine, complex regional pain syndrome, treatment-resistant depression, temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ), chronic daily headaches, bipolar disorder and stroke rehabilitation – all with good results.

Ketamine improved bipolar depression within minutes
EurekAlert! Bipolar disorder is a serious and debilitating condition where individuals experience severe swings in mood between mania and depression. The episodes of low or elevated mood can last days or months, and the risk of suicide is high.

Axed rower Pippa Savage treated for bipolar disorder
The Australian
It has since been discovered Savage has been in treatment for bipolar disorder, a mental illness that can lead to extreme moods. "I was not privy or aware of any mental-illness issue with Pippa Savage. This is the first I've heard of it and it ...

Fairfield woman shares her fight with bipolar disorder
Choteau Acantha
It was prior to this month when Danielle Reier of Fairfield, who suffers from bipolar disorder, was asked whether she would be willing to share her story publicly. “Bipolar is not who I am, it is an illness that I have. I am a mother, wife, daughter, ...

Mental illness haunts the relationship of brothers Chuck and Drew Graham
Columbia Missourian
Chuck Graham, left, is pictured with his father, Andrew Graham Sr. Chuck Graham became his brother Drew Graham's main supporter after their father, who also had bipolar disorder, died in 2007. | Courtesy of Chuck Graham Drew Graham, left, ...

Demi Lovato: 'I Have A Hard Time Asking For Help'
Huffington Post
It's Many people have Bipolar disroder and do not freak out ..try to take down planes.even kill.etc and than blame everything on not having taken thier meds that day. There are also several types/levels of Bipolar diagnoses/disorders and most are quite ...

Reaching Out for Help with Mental Health Issues
Public News Service
BISMARCK, ND - From depression to anxiety and bipolar disorder, one in four North Dakotans will experience some type of mental-health issue or concern this year, officials say - although a number of people with such issues will not seek treatment.

Police search for Boardman woman missing since last week
Youngstown Vindicator
Police are searching for a 47-year-old township woman who suffers from bipolar disorder and disappeared last week. Elizabeth A. Cassidy, of 146 Wildwood Drive, left for an appointment May 22 and hasn't been back since, the woman's mother told police ...

Chandler school's only senior class graduating
Arizona Republic
The student body president of Hamilton Prep has battled bipolar disorder since she was a child. And the 18-year-old will be among the first -- and only -- graduating class of the nascent school. Next year, the school is changing its name to Arizona ...

A Reflection of Mania
Huffington Post UK (blog)
As with most labels, it has been given a trendier name...bipolar disorder. I prefer the old one, it does exactly what it says on the tin. This one somewhat suggests the bisexuality of a polar bear. Following a recent manic episode I am currently going ...

Frederick woman defies bipolar setbacks: 'There's always hope'
York Daily Record
Mary Buckley has come through almost 15 years of turmoil with a positive outlook about her future while managing her bipolar and sleep disorders. Despite the debilitating effects of those conditions, in May the 46-year-old celebrated her second year ...
'A Moment of Clarity' documentary explores bipolar disorder
The Daily Tar Heel
By Alex Dixon | The Daily Tar Heel But after being diagnosed with bipolar disorder and breaking his back in a kayak accident, he began painting. Director Kevin Cullen met Kaldor four years ago and decided to film a documentary about Kaldor's life, ...
Screening for Mental Illness? Yes, There's an App for That
Sci-Tech Today
By Michelle Healy A new tech screening tool called Whats MyM3 claims to be able to tell if you're at increased risk for depression, anxiety disorder, bipolar disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder. The tool uses aa 27-item questionnaire.
Ketamine Relieves Bipolar Depression, Suicidal Thoughts in Less Than an Hour
By Traci Pedersen Associate News Editor Researchers at the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), led by Dr. Carlos Zarate, recently found that a single dose of ketamine could rapidly relieve depression in patients with bipolar disorder.
Demi Lovato Opens Up About Bipolar Disorder
By John Mitchell Demi Lovato is opening up about her bipolar disorder in the July issue of Cosmopolitan, telling the magazine that being diagnosed was a relief because it meant she could treat the problem. "I felt relieved when I found out.
Mental illness, hospitals and homelessness: By the numbers
Toronto Star
About 25 per cent to 33 per cent of homeless have a severe mental illness such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder or major depression.
New video showing Paul Boyd's final moments before 2007 police shooting
Vancouver Sun
Boyd, a 39-year-old animator who had bipolar disorder, was shot eight times on Granville St. on Aug. 13, 2007, during an altercation with police. Boyd was off his medication when he threatened officers with a bicycle chain and lock, striking one in the ...
Dr. Damon Tweedy: For obesity, a dose of doctoring
Duke University

Henry had a problem: The medicine that calmed his mind was hurting his body. A middle-aged man with bipolar disorder, Henry had tried several medications before he became my patient.
'Mothers of the Year' fight for kids' health
The Daily News Journal
Felicia Burk of Murfreesboro is the adoptive mom of Heith, Scarlet and Carr Burk, who have all been diagnosed with autism as well as developmental disabilities, ADHD, bipolar disorder and sleep disorder. Burk became Heith and Scarlet's foster mom in ...
Demi Lovato: It's 'hard' for me to ask for help
New York Daily News
It wasn't until the 19-year-old star underwent therapy for anorexia, bulimia and cutting that she learned she also had bipolar disorder. “I felt relieved when I found out,” Lovato says of the diagnosis. “Like I'm not completely crazy; there's a medical ...
Mental Health: The road to diagnosis is filled with twists and turns
Toronto Star
This is why Bak could be diagnosed with acute psychosis by one doctor and bipolar disorder shortly after by another, says Ungar. Bak describes the diagnostic interview process: “How it works is that they talk to me (and) then they talk to the people ...
Stephen Fry - Manic-Depressive Genius
About - News & Issues
Since releasing the documentary The Secret Life of the Manic Depressive, Fry has been candid about having bipolar disorder. He has appeared at functions to raise awareness about the condition and about men's mental health. Author and mental health ...
10 Ways to Improve Depression and Anxiety without Meds
Huffington Post (blog)
Psychiatric medications work, and they work fast, and I use them regularly in my practice to treat a host of problems and conditions, from depression and anxiety to bipolar disorder and chronic insomnia. That being said, I am always mindful of other, ...
Living with Bipolar Disorder
CisionWire (press release)
Bipolar disorder is a condition in which people go back and forth between periods of a very good or irritable mood and depression. The "mood swings" between mania and depression can be very quick. Bipolar disorder affects both men and women.
Havre woman battles mental illness, finds hope
HAVRE- Havre resident Linda Rawn suffered alone with bipolar disorder and PTSD for years before getting on the road to recovery. Linda's life has been a long, difficult journey, but it's improved substantially since she first stepped foot into the ...
Catherine Zeta Jones Talks the '80s, Bipolar Disorder
The Gossip Girls
The 42-year-old actress looked bright and beautiful on the Larsen & Talhert shot front page while opening up about topics ranging from the '80s and stage acting to her role in 'Playing the Field' and bipolar disorder. Highlights from Miss Zeta Jones' ...
Help at hand for bipolar people
The New Age Online
Around 450 000 South Africans live with a bipolar disorder. The disease is the sixth leading cause of disability in the world. It is believed to be caused by a “combination of biochemical, genetic and psychological factors”. To open discussion around ...
Helping Your Partner Manage Bipolar Disorder (blog)
By Margarita Tartakovsky, MS In their must-read book, Loving Someone with Bipolar Disorder: Understanding and Helping Your Partner, authors Julie A. Fast and John D. Preston, PsyD, provide a wealth of information on how readers can support their ...
Patz suspect's lawyer well versed in psychiatric defense
Chicago Tribune
He said Hernandez has been diagnosed with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder and is on medication. Hernandez, 51, who worked as a stock boy in a small food store on the Manhattan street where Patz was last seen on May 25, 1979, was arrested Thursday.
Documentary film explores life of an artist with bipolar disorder
The Chapel Hill News
The documentary, "A
Moment of Clarity",ť by local filmmaker Kevin Cullen, will have its free public premiere May 31 at the Varsity Theater in downtown Chapel Hill.
Havre woman battles mental illness, finds hope
KRTV Great Falls
Havre resident Linda Rawn suffered alone with bipolar disorder and PTSD for years before getting on the road to recovery.
Foundation aims to build bridges
North Shore News
Pacific Bipolar Foundation founder and chairman Dr. Paul Termansen invites community members to join the foundation in its mission to increase awareness of bipolar disorder as well as build support for patients.
Atlanta woman, 66, reported missing
Atlanta Journal Constitution
Taylor reportedly has schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, police said. She was described as 4 feet 10 inches tall and weighing 150 pounds, and she has white hair. (A photo provided by the family shows her having brown hair.) Anyone with information on ...
New Lawsuit Filed on Depakote Birth Defects: Severe Adverse Events
Albany Times Union
Depakote, manufactured by Abbott Laboratories, is a drug most commonly prescribed for psychiatric conditions like manic depressive disorder (bipolar disorder) and to prevent migraine headaches. In December 2010 and January 2011 more than two dozen ...
Overcoming Stigma and Improving Mental Health in America
Huffington Post (blog)
Mental disorders include anxiety disorders (eg, post-traumatic stress and obsessive-compulsive disorders), mood disorders (ie, depression and bipolar disorder), eating disorders including anorexia and bulimia, addictive disorders (such as alcoholism), ...
EastEnders' Gillian Wright moved by fan mail
What's On TV
EastEndersactress Gillian Wright has revealed that she has had a very positive response from viewers to her character Jean's battle with bipolar disorder. Gillian, who joined Albert Square in 2004, told Inside Soap magazine that her alter ego's mental ...
UNITED WAY: May is Mental Health Awareness Month
Middletown Press
Mental illness is not limited to conditions such as depression, schizophrenia, and bipolar disorder but also includes substance abuse, panic attacks, suicidal tendencies, and anxiety disorders, all of which can be caused by mental health issues.
Greek bipolar rumblings (blog)
I often meet and work with bipolar patients who have matured so much with their illness, and have managed to learn to cope so well with its ups and downs that yes at times they like having the experience of their symptoms. I had a recent chat with Tom ...
Mental Health and the Battle with Medication (blog)
Bipolar disorder of any type does not mix well with anti-depressants when they are taken alone. The combination can result in a number of complications, most notably an increase in the frequency and intensity of mixed states (some of them being ...
Mental Health History of Suspect in Patz Case Emerges
New York Times
... has been taking medication for the treatment of psychotic symptoms emerged a day after his lawyer, Harvey Fishbein, said at an arraignment that his client had a lengthy psychiatric history including diagnoses of schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, ...
Toxic chemicals can alter development for generations
The Bloomington Alternative
Crews, whose contributions to the paper focused on the neuroscience, behavior and stress aspects, said increases in disorders like autism and bipolar disorder may be connected to the kind of “two-hit” exposure that the experiment is modeling.
Mentally ill inmates on the rise in California prisons and jails
Sacramento Bee
In October, her 24-year-old daughter, who suffers from severe bipolar disorder and a mood disorder related to schizophrenia, was booked into the Stanislaus County jail after being arrested on a probation violation. In December, a judge declared the ...
Man who confessed in Etan Patz case has history of mental issues, his lawyer says
Boston Herald
By Tina Susman / The Los Angeles Times NEW YORK - A man who claims to have abducted and strangled Etan Patz, who vanished 33 years ago Friday, has suffered from bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and hallucinations, his attorney said as the man had his ...
Crossroads mental health care dwindles while patient numbers rise, consumers say
Victoria Advocate
When it's not her clinical depression, it's anxiety; when it's not her anxiety, it's her bipolar or obsessive-compulsive disorder. This is the life of someone living with mental illness, and since 1949, the US has delegated May as a month to recognize ...
Confessor in Etan Patz killing has mental health issues
Los Angeles Times
Pedro Hernandez is charged with second-degree murder in the child's disappearance 33 years ago in New York, but his psychological history could complicate the case. NEW YORK â
€” A man who claims to have abducted and strangled Etan Patz, who vanished 33 years ago Friday, has suffered from bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and hallucinations, his attorney said as the man had his first court appearance ...
Parents 'relieved' as lost daughter returns
Cambridge Evening News
A vulnerable woman who went to Pakistan without her medication has returned home. A police search was launched at the beginning of the month for Leah Reed, who has bipolar disorder. She has now been reunited with her parents in Melbourn after nearly three weeks abroad.
Bipolar city mogul declared unfit to manage own affairs
Independent Online
He suffers from bipolar disorder and apparently acts irrationally at times. Judge Hennie de Vos yesterday appointed an auditors' firm as a curator to manage his financial affairs. Another curator was appointed earlier to investigate whether the ...
Bipolar disorder and psychosomatic medicine
ABC Online (blog)
What is bipolar and why do we know so little about it? Professor Ulrik Malt is the Director Department of Neuropsychiatry and Psychosomatic Medicine at Oslo University Hospital and Professor of Medicine at the University of Oslo.
Foundation aims to build bridges
North Shore News
By Erin McPhee, North Shore News May 27, 2012 2:04 AM THOSE behind a new foundation working to change the face of mental illness, hope community members will join them in their efforts to raise awareness of bipolar disorder as well as improve the ...
Program teaches care for relatives with mental illness
Staunton News Leader
When Elizabeth Mawyer was 18, she began to realize that her mom, Selina Botkin, might have a mental illness. Mawyer was working as a secretary at Western State Hospital then, so she had gained some knowledge about the symptoms of bipolar disorder.
Next to Normal at Boiler Room Theatre
Nashville Scene
... Next to Normal has challenged performers and audiences alike with its daringly told story about a suburban family and the many emotional minefields they must navigate, including bipolar disorder, suicide, drugs, grief and even psychiatric ethics.
Online 3-Minute Mental Health Test
NBC Bay Area
It is a multi-diagnostic mental health screen designed to detect early signs of depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The test was developed by a team of mental health experts and clinicians.
Cyclist killed after being hit by car in Spotsylvania (blog)
It was dark and foggy outside, said the woman's mother, Gay Britt, who added that her daughter suffered from bipolar disorder and often would “go on the run.” Sometime in the night, Allison Britt left the Stoneybrook subdivision home where she lived ...
Bud Clayman in 'OC87'
New York Times
In “OC87” he retraces those steps, and visits his parents, psychologists, an actor on “General Hospital” with bipolar disorder, and a San Francisco news anchor with OCD “My OCD tells me that I must control every thought and every action perfectly,” Mr.
Woman charged in SD slaying cites mental illness
Sioux Falls Argus Leader
She told KSFY-TV in a phone interview that she has been diagnosed with depression, schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. “I blank out and I can't remember anything,” she said. “And you know, I don't know what goes on. But when I come to I'm in jail, ...
'OC87': A First Film, Personal And Hard-Won
by Andrew Lapin Soon after college, Bud Clayman found his filmmaking aspirations interrupted by mental illness. He documents his struggles with Asperger's syndrome, OCD, bipolar disorder and depression in a film that he says is not "about hand-washing ...

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