CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 12, 2011 |
We've learned plenty about addiction from Charlie Sheen, on our narrated tour through winning-ville: Alcoholics Anonymous is a cult, social crack smoking is just plain fun and tiger blood can subdue most anything. Except perhaps the demons of mental illness. Sheen, who now wants to take his rant on the road in his "My Violent Torpedo of Truth/Defeat is Not an Option" tour, doesn't want to talk about that. He'd rather poke fun at the suggestion that bipolar disorder might help explain his rants, his anger, his grandiose notions.
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.
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.
February 27, 2014 |
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.
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.
July 21, 2003 |
Bipolar disorder, in which a person's mood cycles between two extremes -- depression and mania -- is usually treated with a mood stabilizer and, when needed, an antidepressant. But researchers at the UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute have found that the standard use of these drugs often leads to a relapse. According to established guidelines, the antidepressant should be discontinued within three to six months after a person recovers from an acute episode of depression.
December 14, 2008 |
'I need these pills refilled," the weary mother says, displaying an array of empty bottles on the desk in my office. "My son is bipolar." The boy, a quiet slip of a 10-year-old, had been prescribed two antipsychotics, two mood stabilizers, one antidepressant, two attention deficit disorder medications and another medication to manage the side effects of the antipsychotics. The mother explained that she had just regained custody of her son and his brother.
March 11, 2011 |
Pharmaceutical giant AstraZeneca will pay $68.5 million as part of a multistate settlement over allegations that it promoted its psychiatric drug Seroquel for unapproved uses, such as treating insomnia and Alzheimer's disease. The settlement will be shared by 37 states and the District of Columbia, California Atty. Gen. Kamala D. Harris said Thursday. California will receive more than $5.2 million, which will be used to cover litigation costs and add to the state's consumer protection fund, Harris said.
September 5, 2006 |
Hour after hour, Christina Eilman threw herself at the bars of her cell, shrieking threats one moment and begging for help the next. Even the women in adjoining cells, many of whom were used to the chaos of lockup, called out to guards on Eilman's behalf. "I heard that girl screaming for her life, 'Take me to the hospital! Call my parents!' " Tamalika Harris, 26, said in an interview. "The way she was screaming and kicking on the bars, I knew something was wrong."
April 2, 2007
While we appreciate Jonathan Alpert's effort to assist people in making good choices about therapy [On the Mind: "In Therapy? Here's How to Assess Effectiveness," March 26], we think he has oversimplified the matter and offered something of a cookie-cutter approach. For example, not all modalities of therapy involve homework: psychoanalysis and psychodynamic treatment usually do not. Also, expecting results in a few weeks may make sense if one is experiencing mild anxiety or minor depression, but with chronic illnesses such as bipolar disorder, borderline personality or childhood post-traumatic stress disorder, more time is often necessary.