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.
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.
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.
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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.
December 10, 2012 |
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.
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April 25, 2013 |
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.
December 11, 2010 |
Carrie Fisher played Princess Leia Organa in the first three "Star Wars" movies. You know it, and she knows it, and she knows you know it, and that will bind you as long as you both shall live. Possibly you also know that she is the daughter of the actress Debbie Reynolds, and less probably you may know that she is the daughter of the singer Eddie Fisher, because you are less likely to know who Eddie Fisher was, as much of a pop star as he was in his day. "If my life wasn't funny it would just be true ?