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August 14, 2012 | By Sophia Tareen, Associated Press
CHICAGO - U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., a Chicago Democrat who took a hushed medical leave two months ago, is being treated for bipolar disorder, the Mayo Clinic announced Monday. The Rochester, Minn., clinic specified his condition as Bipolar II, which is defined as periodic episodes of depression and hypomania, a less serious form of mania. "Congressman Jackson is responding well to the treatment and regaining his strength," the clinic said in a statement. Bipolar II is a treatable condition that affects parts of the brain controlling emotion, thought, and drive and is likely caused "by a complex set of genetic and environmental factors," the clinic said.
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May 11, 2014 | By Stacey Burling, Inquirer Staff Writer
Doctors who work with patients with bipolar disorder should keep in mind that those people are also at high risk for migraine headaches, a Pennsylvania State University researcher says. A new study led by Erika Saunders, executive vice-chair of psychiatry at the Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, found that people with bipolar disorder were far likelier than the general population to get migraines and that those who got the awful headaches were at risk for worse psychosocial functioning, more severe depression, and earlier onset of bipolar symptoms.
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August 28, 2003 | By Jacqueline Soteropoulos INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Jerry Chambers, charged with murder in the beating, suffocation and starvation of 3-year-old Porchia Bennett, said in court yesterday that he suffers from bipolar disorder, a mental illness his attorney could later use as part of the defense. "Obviously, that will have some impact on which way we're going to go," defense lawyer Charles P. Mirarchi 3d told reporters. "He maintains his innocence at this point. " At yesterday's brief scheduling hearing, Assistant District Attorney Richard Sax told the judge he needed two days in which to present evidence at a preliminary hearing for Chambers and his girlfriend, Candice Geiger, who is Porchia's aunt and took care of the child and her three older sisters for nearly a year.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 2, 2013 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
Manic depression is touching my soul.   - Jimi Hendrix   It is a peculiarity of the modern American temperament that spiritual and mental health, no less than shoe styles or skirt lengths, are subject to fashions and fads. So it seems with bipolar mood disorder, which lately appears to pervade popular culture. Catherine Zeta-Jones, Demi Lovato, and Russell Brand have spoken out about their struggle with the illness. Michael Angelakos, lead singer of indie rockers Passion Pit, stunned the music press last summer when he came out as bipolar, while Sinead O'Connor canceled her tour last spring, citing the illness.
NEWS
November 26, 2006 | By Rusty Pray INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
When fabric artist Carolyn Lee Vehslage began creating computer collages, she intended them to represent her frustrations with computers and as a study of technology's impact on all of us. But the more she worked on them, the more the former computer network engineer began to understand that they represented "more than a discussion of technology and how it complicates our lives. " "I finally realized they resonated so much with me because they reflected my bipolar disorder, which I've had all my life.
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February 28, 1997 | By Douglas Herbert, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
A 33-year-old woman who pleaded guilty to stealing $54,733 while serving as treasurer of a Radnor elementary school's parent-teacher organization has been sentenced in Delaware County Court to five consecutive weekends in prison and ordered to pay full restitution. Judge Frank T. Hazel's sentencing of Elaine D. Sauerteig of Malvern came more than six months after her arrest Aug. 2 on charges of pilfering money from Ithan Elementary School's events fund from August 1995 to June 1996.
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June 1, 2005 | By Stacey Burling INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Before his fifth birthday, Jeri Turrin's happy, playful son turned frustrated, disruptive - full of mad energy. He'd race from one end of the house to the other, jumping off the banister because he thought he could fly. His mother feared his horrible rages. "He would punch me so hard I would throw up," the Columbus, N.J., woman said. A doctor thought that Bradley had attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, but the Ritalin he prescribed made the boy hallucinate. At 6, Bradley drew his own gravestone and wrote, "I want to die. " Jeri Turrin learned that her son had a mental illness doctors once thought kids couldn't have: bipolar disorder.
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December 12, 2012
Lansdale Police are looking for a disabled military veteran who has been missing since Nov. 30. Family members say Timothy Baker, 52, of West Main Street in Lansdale, suffers from depression and bipolar disorder. He is on medication, but it was found at his home. Baker is about 5-feet-11 inches and weighs 275 pounds. He is an African American with brown hair and eyes, and a scar on the back of his neck. He drives a black Chrysler 300 with the Pennsylvania license plate of HZL-1175, police said.
LIVING
September 5, 1997 | By Paddy Noyes, FOR THE INQUIRER
"Everybody deserves a place of his own, where he's wanted. And that sure includes Michael," his foster mother says. "Some of his problems are different," she continues, "but the satisfaction of knowing he's being cared for and loved makes it worth the extra effort. " Michael, 13, was a premature baby and weighed only 3 pounds at birth. His social worker says neglect and abuse in his background could be a factor in his disabilities. He is not verbal, and has cerebral palsy, a nonprogressive muscle condition.
NEWS
October 11, 2001 | By Ralph Vigoda INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The mental-health defense planned by former U.S. Rep. Edward Mezvinsky to explain why he defrauded friends, family and institutions of more than $10 million is not supported by evidence and should not be heard at his trial next year, the U.S. Attorney's Office said yesterday. In a 59-page motion filed yesterday, prosecutors asked U.S. District Judge Stewart Dalzell to bar the testimony of four experts who concluded that Mezvinsky's physical and mental health likely suffered because of his use of the anti-malaria drug Lariam.
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May 11, 2014 | By Stacey Burling, Inquirer Staff Writer
Doctors who work with patients with bipolar disorder should keep in mind that those people are also at high risk for migraine headaches, a Pennsylvania State University researcher says. A new study led by Erika Saunders, executive vice-chair of psychiatry at the Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, found that people with bipolar disorder were far likelier than the general population to get migraines and that those who got the awful headaches were at risk for worse psychosocial functioning, more severe depression, and earlier onset of bipolar symptoms.
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April 17, 2014 | By Michaelle Bond, Inquirer Staff Writer
WEST CHESTER A West Chester woman convicted of Medicaid fraud and stealing money meant for her 22-year-old autistic daughter was sentenced to 12 years on probation Tuesday and must pay back about $180,000. Michelle Cohen, 52, will have to pay more than $160,000 to the state Department of Public Welfare and $19,400 to the West Chester Area School District, as well as more than $20,000 to the state for the cost of prosecuting her, Judge Jacqueline C. Cody said. Cohen will serve the first six months of her sentence under house arrest and do 250 hours of community service after that.
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March 21, 2014 | BY DAVID GAMBACORTA, Daily News Staff Writer gambacd@phillynews.com, 215-854-5994
PERCY PRIDE'S phone started ringing when the surveillance video hit the TV news Monday night, a video of a big guy brawling with a SEPTA cop on a crowded subway platform. People thought it was his son, Steve Mason. Nah, Pride thought, it couldn't be. He looked closer. It was his son, all right - but that didn't seem possible. Pride said he'd spoken to his son earlier in the day, when Mason, 40, had called from the Warren E. Smith Health Center in North Philly. Mason needed help.
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March 10, 2014 | By Stacey Burling, Inquirer Staff Writer
It's hard enough to get along with people with "normal" emotions, let alone those with mental illnesses that make feelings intense, unpredictable, and volatile. Having a family member with bipolar disorder, borderline personality disorder, or major depression can feel like being trapped on an emotional roller coaster, said Edie Mannion, director and cofounder of the Mental Health Association of Southeastern Pennsylvania's Training and Education Center. She helped develop a class for family members who want to get off the carnival ride.
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January 25, 2014 | By Chris Palmer, Inquirer Staff Writer
A pediatric psychiatrist in Doylestown was arrested Thursday and charged with inappropriately touching three female patients during treatments, according to the Bucks County District Attorney's Office. Basem Shlewiet, 42, who has a private practice on North Franklin Street, allegedly fondled the breasts of two patients - ages 22 and 14 - while purporting to use a stethoscope, according to a criminal complaint. He touched a 17-year-old around the groin, the complaint said. All three incidents occurred in 2013, according to the complaint.
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November 18, 2013 | By Jeff Gammage, Inquirer Staff Writer
PHILADELPHIA Some people jog for exercise, some for fun, some to lose weight or sleep better. Nicole Duchman runs for her health - physical and mental. For her, the steady movement of legs and torso across pavement is a way to allay the emotional trauma of war, experienced as an Army specialist in Iraq. Diagnosed with post-traumatic stress syndrome that can cause her to become irritable and frustrated, running offers respite and freedom. "It calms me down, lets me focus, lets me settle," Duchman said.
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November 17, 2013 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
Brian Crispell is all in for his second, and likely final, Philadelphia Marathon. A Philadelphia podiatrist who soon plans to open his own practice, Crispell is hoping to carry the momentum from his showing last month in the Baltimore Marathon, where he finished second. Since his wife Dana Koesar is expecting the couple's first child in February, the 37-year-old Crispell says that this is probably his swan song. And he has been running between 80 and 100 miles per week in preparation.
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August 5, 2013 | By Stacey Burling, Inquirer Staff Writer
Evan Kaplan was with his 9-year-old daughter, who was having trouble with anxiety, when she told her therapist her father wouldn't let her switch to a new school because of his mental illness. Kaplan was shocked. Even though he had been hospitalized many times for bipolar disorder, he didn't realize Charlotte knew he had a mental illness. "It sort of opened my eyes to the fact that I needed to start talking to her about it," Kaplan said. Charlotte's remark three years ago not only brought father and daughter closer, it set Kaplan on a path that now has him leading a class each Tuesday night in Center City on parenting with a mental illness.
NEWS
July 8, 2013
R. Rao Gogineni, M.D., head of the division of child & adolescent psychiatry at Cooper University Hospital, wrote this for the kids health blog on Philly.com and Inquirer.com.   Occasional temper tantrums and bad moods are a normal part of growing up. Many children are irritable, upset, or moody from time to time. But there may be a problem for children with severe and frequent temper tantrums that interfere with their ability to function at home, in school, or with friends.
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May 31, 2013
DEAR ABBY: I am friendly with a married couple. The husband, "Grant," is my best friend and we talk about everything. He married "Sharon" last summer. I have known for a while that Grant didn't want to get married. Sharon, however, was elated. Now they have been married for nine months, Grant tells me he can't continue on, that he is unhappy. I have begged him to level with Sharon. He keeps making excuses. When I talk with her, she tells me she has the feeling he doesn't want to be married anymore.
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