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December 08, 2005

American Airlines Passenger Had Bipolar Disorder

Rigoberto Alpizar, the man who was shot by a federal air marshal on an American Airlines flight yesterday after claiming to have a bomb, is said by his wife to have had bipolar disorder.

Several supporters of the air marshal program praised the marshals' actions, but the shooting is likely to raise questions about the expanded presence of guns aboard commercial airplanes in recent years, as well as the marshals' training -- in particular, with people who appear to be mentally unstable. Moments before he was shot, Alpizar's wife said he was bipolar. (Washington Post)

August 04, 2005

Bipolar Disorder More Severe in Children

People may think small kids don't generally get as sick as grown-ups. But new research shows that when bipolar disorder, or manic depression, is involved, the exact opposite is true. (

Posted by news editor | Filed under: Bipolar Disorder

August 26, 2004

Phone Counseling for Depression, Schizophrenia Drug for Bipolar Disorder

A report by the American Medical Association says improving success rates for treating depression may be a matter of picking up the phone.

"Pfizer Inc. said on Monday the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved use of its Geodon schizophrenia drug to treat mania associated with bipolar disorder."

Posted by news editor | Filed under: Depression

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