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December 5, 2011 | By Shari Roan, Los Angeles Times / For the Booster Shots blog
Childbirth can trigger psychiatric illnesses in some women, including depression, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder and even psychosis. A study published Monday, however, draws the first connection ever between postpartum mental illness and later bipolar disorder. Researchers searched a Danish registry of more than 120,000 women receiving treatment for a first episode of a psychiatric illness other than bipolar disorder. They found 3,062 women who had a first episode of a mental disorder other than bipolar disorder but who were later diagnosed with bipolar disorder.
April 16, 2014 | By Michael Muskal
A 25-year-old man who describes himself as a performance artist will be arraigned Wednesday on charges in connection with a hoax bomb placed at the site where two bombs exploded last year at the finish line of the Boston Marathon, killing three and injuring more than 260. Kevin “Kayvon” Edson will be arraigned in Boston Municipal Court, Jake Wark, a spokesman for the Suffolk County District Attorney's Office in Boston, told the Los Angeles Times...
April 14, 2011
A roundup of entertainment headlines for Thursday: It's now Michael Douglas' turn to stand by Catherine Zeta-Jones, as she's treated for bipolar disorder. ( Los Angeles Times ) Terrence Malick's long-delayed "The Tree of Life" will finally be unveiled at Cannes in May. ( Los Angeles Times ) Security for this weekend's Coachella music festival is going wide -- a mile wide. ( Los Angeles Times ) Scarlett Johansson has moved in with Daddy, er, Sean Penn.
February 27, 2014 | By Melissa Healy
A child born to a father 45 or older is three and a half times more likely to be diagnosed with autism, more than 13 times more likely to have attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and almost 25 times more likely to suffer from bipolar disorder than a child born to a man in his early twenties, says a study out this week. Suicide attempts and substance use problems were also found to be more than twice as common in children born to older fathers than those with younger dads, and rates of academic failure -- staying back a grade -- and low educational attainment were higher in those with older fathers than in those with younger ones.
December 19, 2011 | Marc Siegel, The Unreal World
"Homeland," "The Vest" 10 p.m. Dec. 11 Showtime The premise Sgt. Nicholas Brody (Damian Lewis) returns as a hero to the U.S. after spending eight years as a prisoner of war in Afghanistan. Carrie Mathison (Claire Danes) is a mentally unstable CIA officer who is convinced that Brody is an agent of Al Qaeda. She gets antipsychotic medication and lithium from her sister, psychiatrist Maggie Mathison (Amy Hargreaves), but she fears she'll lose her job if she gets medical treatment through normal channels.
August 13, 2012 | By Katherine Skiba, Chicago Tribune
U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.  is undergoing treatment for bipolar II depression at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., the facility said Monday. Mayo Clinic said the diagnosis came after extensive evaluation.  “Congressman Jackson is responding well to the treatment and regaining his strength,” it said in the statement. The statement added: “Many Americans have bipolar disorder. Bipolar II disorder is a treatable condition that affects parts of the brain controlling emotion, thought and drive and is most likely caused by a complex set of genetic and environmental factors.
May 3, 2011 | By Shari Roan, Los Angeles Times
Abilify, the brand name of the drug aripiprazole, is an antipsychotic medication used to treat the acute phase of bipolar disorder as well as the maintenance phase -- the period of time after a patient has improved and the focus turns toward preventing a relapse. This second use of Abilify is the target of a biting review published Tuesday by Dr. Alexander Tsai of Harvard University and Dr. Nicholas Rosenlicht of UC San Francisco. The scientists set out to review data that justify the use of Abilify for the maintenance phase of bipolar disorder -- and found very little.
August 25, 2012 | By Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
More than 5 million Americans are affected by bipolar disorder, but it was one person in particular who influenced co-director Lisa Klein to make the documentary "Of Two Minds. " That would be Klein's older sister Tina, who died at age 42. The personal connection gives "Of Two Minds" (co-directed with Doug Blush) its greatest strength, the intimate bond it establishes with a trio of people coping with the manic-depressive nature of the illness. "Take the best day you ever had and multiply it by a million," one person says to describe the upside of the condition.
March 29, 2007 | Denise Gellene, Times Staff Writer
Antidepressants, which are widely prescribed with mood stabilizers to treat patients with bipolar disorder, do not work in relieving the depressive symptoms of the illness, a large federal study reported Wednesday. The study in the New England Journal of Medicine narrows the already limited number of treatments for bipolar disorder, which affects 5.7 million adults in the U.S., experts said. "A new generation of drugs is needed," said Dr. Thomas R.
April 13, 2011 | By Eryn Brown, Los Angeles Times
A representative for Catherine Zeta-Jones confirmed Wednesday that the actress recently underwent inpatient treatment for bipolar II disorder at a Connecticut mental health facility.  Booster Shots spoke about the disorder with David J. Miklowitz, PhD, a professor of psychiatry at the UCLA School of Medicine and author of "The Bipolar Disorder Survival Guide: What You and Your Family Need to Know. " Bipolar disorder, formerly known as manic-depression, is typically lifelong and recurrent, Miklowitz said.  Some people have their first episode in childhood, others later in life; the majority, during the teen years.  Some people experience episodes every few years; others are in and out of episodes constantly.
June 19, 2013
Re "End bullet-buying loophole," Column, June 17 George Skelton's support for controlling access to ammunition overlooks one plentiful source that will be difficult to police. Untold thousands of gun enthusiasts already own ammunition "reloading" equipment. This allows them to manufacture unlimited quantities of their own cartridges (which can prove more accurate than mass-produced ammunition). Although well intended, proposals like the one Skelton supports probably won't much affect the incidence of mass shootings.
May 23, 2013 | By Nardine Saad
Catherine Zeta-Jones has returned home after leaving a treatment facility where she was being treated for her bipolar II disorder. The actress was spotted driving to her New York City apartment Tuesday after dropping off her daughter at school, according to People and E! News .  Zeta-Jones, 43, checked herself into the facility on April 29 and was set to be there for 30 days. She was there to undergo some healthy "maintenance," according to TMZ. Her rep did not immediately return a request for comment.
April 25, 2013 | By Martha Groves
Malibu City Councilman Skylar Peak has been sentenced to two years of probation and 30 days of community service after pleading no contest to a misdemeanor count of reckless driving related to a Christmas Day accident. Judge Lawrence Mira on Wednesday agreed to drop two other misdemeanor charges, of vandalism and hit and run, after conferring in closed session with Michael Shultz, Peak's attorney. Peak was not present at the subsequent public hearing at Los Angeles County Superior Court in Malibu, where Shultz, on Peak's behalf, entered a plea of no contest to reckless driving.
April 23, 2013 | By Matt Pearce
Officials have dropped charges against the Elvis impersonator accused of mailing ricin-laced letters to President Obama, a U.S. senator and a Mississippi judge, according to a court filing Tuesday. Poisoning suspect Paul Kevin Curtis of Corinth, Miss., was suddenly released on bond Tuesday in the middle of a series of preliminary evidentiary hearings that was put on hold. By afternoon, federal prosecutors had filed to drop the charges against him without prejudice. The filing stated "the ongoing investigation has revealed new information.
February 20, 2013 | By Michael Muskal
The Shakespearean tragedy that was the life of Jesse Jackson Jr. came to its expected denouement Wednesday when the former Illinois congressman entered a guilty plea in federal court to a charge that he conspired to misuse more than $750,000 in campaign funds for his own benefit. With his father, Jesse Jackson, the prominent civil rights leader and former presidential aspirant looking on, the younger Jackson entered his plea. His wife, former Chicago Alderwoman Sandi Jackson, is expected to plead guilty to filing false tax returns when she appears in court later.
January 11, 2013 | By Jacob Silverman
Too Bright to Hear Too Loud to See A Novel Juliann Garey Soho Press: 30 pp, $25 Gird yourself: Greyson Todd, the narrator of Juliann Garey's "Too Bright to Hear Too Loud to See," is a bipolar studio executive, and sharing his head space can be a fascinating, grueling trip down the path of mental illness. Greyson shades toward the antihero, asking you to hate him nearly as much as he hates himself. He offers little quarter for the timid. Still, I could not help emerging from Garey's first novel with a deep sympathy for Greyson and admiration for his creator.
November 4, 2002 | Benedict Carey, Times Staff Writer
The ideas come in a swarm, and they can be good ones: Move to Prague and teach English. Study jazz piano in the early-morning hours. Start a dot-com; hike the Appalachian Trail; write an opera. "I wanted to save people," said Agnes Zsigovics, 28, a student in social work living near San Diego, who in her early 20s made plans to teach children living in the mountains of Venezuela -- only to ditch the idea at the last minute and fly to Montreal to teach Spanish.
December 10, 2012 | By Susan King
Bradley Cooper is set to receive the Desert Palm Achievement Award for acting at the 24th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival Awards gala on Jan. 5 at the Palm Springs Convention Center. Cooper won the National Board of Review of Motion Pictures' best actor award last week for his role as a young man suffering from bipolar disorder in the romantic comedy "Silver Linings Playbook. " He is also nominated for a Film Independent Spirit Award for the same role. The former People magazine "Sexiest Man Alive"  is considered one of the strong contenders for the best actor Academy Award nomination.
December 9, 2012 | By Rosie Mestel
That big fat bible of psychiatric diagnosis - the DSM - is one step closer to its overhaul, a task that has taken more than a decade. On Dec. 1, the board of trustees of the American Psychiatric Assn. voted to approve the fifth edition of the book, which psychiatrists use to diagnose patients. The final edition is due out in May. Among the changes: Asperger's disorder will no longer be classed as a separate condition but will be folded into an umbrella category called autism spectrum disorder.
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