CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 8, 2000
Society generally protects those incapable of making rational decisions--victims of Alzheimer's or those mentally incapacitated by physical illness or injury. Assemblywoman Helen Thomson's reform of the Lanterman-Petris-Short Act would extend that same safety net to those severely disabled by brain disorders such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. Yet upon the Assembly's overwhelming passage of AB 1800 last week, state Sen. John Burton was quoted as saying Senate passage of the bill "ain't going to happen" ("Defeat of Mental Health Bill Vowed," June 2)
June 2, 2002
For those of us who have a family member with bipolar disorder, the vivid descriptions of Marie Elise West's delusions have an uncanny similarity to things we have heard ("Prelude to a Death," by Paul Teetor, May 5). The constant episodes of relapse also ring true. This is a very dangerous and little understood disease that often destroys the patient and the family. The LPS Act must be modified so that families have the power and authority to mandate treatment, including involuntary commitment to inpatient facilities and the administration of psychotropic medication.
June 30, 2003 |
Over the last two years, doctors have diagnosed Andrea Robinson with half a dozen severe mental disorders and prescribed her a series of strong medications, including antidepressants and an antipsychotic. Her parents are beside themselves. Andrea is 5 years old. "It's a very difficult situation," Tammy Robinson of Ottawa said about her daughter, who appears to suffer the telltale mood swings of bipolar disorder and is now responding well to a mood-stabilizing drug.
October 21, 2012 |
One in five Americans over age 18 suffers from a diagnosable mental illness in any given year. That's upward of 40 million potential voters. So why have we heard virtually nothing about mental health care from either candidate during this campaign? Just to provide a little context, according to the American Cancer Society's latest numbers, about 12 million Americans are living with some form of cancer; 400,000 Americans suffer from multiple sclerosis; 1 million from Parkinson's and 1.2 million are living with HIV/AIDS.
September 17, 2003 |
An inexpensive drug for bipolar disorder that has been shunted aside in favor of newer, more heavily marketed drugs is actually much more effective at preventing suicides and should be the drug of choice for first treatment of such patients, researchers report today. Lithium is just as effective as the newer Depakote at preventing the wild mood swings associated with this widespread, disabling disorder, but patients who take Depakote are 2.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 11, 2002 |
The Church of Scientology handed over $8.6 million this week to resolve the lawsuit of a former member who charged that the controversial church caused him to develop bipolar disorder and nearly drove him to suicide. The payment came nearly 22 years after Lawrence Wollersheim, 53, filed his 1980 lawsuit, and nearly 16 years after a California jury awarded him $30 million. In the intervening years, the award was reduced on appeal to $2.5 million and went all the way to the U.S.
October 10, 2011
Child psychiatric disorders often share symptoms that may overlap or occur in combinations. Disruptive mood dysregulation disorder (proposed) — Severe, recurrent outbursts of anger; persistent, severe irritability and negative mood beginning before age 10. Treatment: Not yet defined. Conduct disorder — Persistent behavior that violates the rights of others, such as bullying, aggression, breaking rules, deceitfulness or theft. Treatment typically includes behavioral and psychotherapy and possibly medications to treat inattention, impulsivity or depression.
December 9, 2012 |
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.
February 2, 2003 |
John Matuszak vowed to keep his Oakland Raider teammates in line. Instead, he kept them out all night. That was during the 1981 Super Bowl week in New Orleans, when Matuszak's capacity for alcohol and Quaaludes was as enormous as his 6-foot-8, 280-pound body. He basically drank Bourbon Street dry, the Raiders wound up beating Philadelphia for their second Super Bowl title, and fans to this day delight in recounting stories of the wild-eyed defensive lineman they called Tooz.