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December 7, 2012

Commentary: New movie presents skewed view of bipolar disorder
Edmonton Journal
While commendable in many respects, the new movie Silver Linings Playbook perpetuates some of the old misconceptions about bipolar disorder. Bradley Cooper's character, Pat Solitano, has a diagnosis of bipolar disorder. At the beginning of the movie he ...

Research redefines 'recovery' in bipolar disorder
Medical Xpress
The Lancaster University-led research team worked with people with bipolar disorder and clinicians to develop the 36 item bipolar recovery questionnaire (BRQ) to reflect changing attitudes to what counts as 'recovery' in a severe mental illness such as ...

Pediatricians' Role in Treating Bipolar Disorder in Teens
With an estimated 4 percent of children and teenagers having bipolar disorder, an article in the American Academy of Pediatrics journal today calls on pediatricians to take a collaborative role in their treatment. The academy's committee on adolescence ...

Wildcat overcomes mental disorder to succeed
The Orion
Junior Jason Conrad took a year off from school and left a scholarship at Portland State University while working through bipolar disorder. After his time off, he transferred to Chico State in a better mental state and has become a fixture within a ...

STATE: Participants sought for mental health study at U of M Depression Center
Heritage Newspapers
For years, Dana Parker-Mathis of Birmingham was misdiagnosed with bipolar disorder. However, after participating in a research study, she was diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder. The 44-year-old is now considered "stable" and has been for a number ...

Long-Term Use of Some Antipsychotics Not Warranted in Older Adults: Study
U.S. News & World Report
The safety and effectiveness of four drugs commonly used to treat older adults with schizophrenia, dementia, bipolar disorder and other mental health conditions are being called into question by a new study. The drugs ...

Bi-Polar Disorder on Trial in Race for Jesse Jackson Jr.'s 2nd District Seat
When Jesse Jackson Jr. announced last Wednesday that he would resign from the House of Representatives, a little less than 2 weeks after winning re-election and after almost 4 months of being MIA to deal with his bi-polar disorder the clock began ...

Carrie Fisher's Bipolar Disorder: Actress Honored For Sharing Her Story
Huffington Post
SALT LAKE CITY -- Writer-actress Carrie Fisher has been honored for her candor in dealing with her bipolar disorder and for raising awareness about the condition. Fisher received the Utah Film Center's Kim Peek Award for Disability in Media on Friday ...

Jesse Jackson Jr. Resigns, Facing Illness and Inquiry
New York Times
Mr. Jackson, 47, has been treated for bipolar disorder, and cited ill health as his reason for leaving. He also acknowledged in a resignation letter a continuing federal criminal investigation into the possible misuse of campaign funds and said, for ...

Madison Theatre Guild's Next to Normal analyzes mental illness through music
Isthmus Daily Page
Madison Theatre Guild stages this contemporary rock musical at the Bartell Theatre through Dec. 15, donating a portion of the proceeds to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). Diana's diagnosis isn't clear. Bipolar disorder, schizophrenia ...

Sara Berelsman: Support groups offer safe place for feedback, empathy
I can get so fixated on my own detrimental thought patterns and all-consuming inner monologue that I forget how hard it must be for my family members to deal with my bipolar disorder. There was no judgment, no disdain and no negativity for anything I ...

Students with Bipolar disorder
Spartan Daily
Add bipolar disorder into the mix and a college student's schedule can become barely survivable. According to the National Institute for Mental Health, 3.9 percent of the entire U.S adult population is diagnosed with bipolar disorder that lasts their ...

Bipolar disorder prevalent in panic disorder patients
Tsukasa Sasaki (University of Tokyo, Japan) and colleagues found that 22.3% of 649 patients (434 women) with panic disorder met criteria for, or had a previous diagnosis of, bipolar I (BD I) or II (BD II) disorder. This is much higher than the lifetime ...


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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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