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Children Labeled ‘Bipolar’ May Get a New Diagnosis

Children Labeled ‘Bipolar’ May Get a New Diagnosis

Since the mid-1990s, the number of children diagnosed with bipolar disorder has increased a staggering 4,000 percent. And that number has caused a lot of controversy in the world of child psychiatry.

Doctors faced with kids struggling with explosive moods felt the diagnosis was appropriate and said that the bipolar medications they gave to children worked. Research ...

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Senate Approves Bill to Strike ‘Lunatic’ from Federal Law

Senate Approves Bill to Strike ‘Lunatic’ from Federal Law

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By Brendan McLean, NAMI Communications Coordinator

It seems that there’s at least one topic that everyone in the Senate can agree on: the removal of the word “lunatic” from federal law. On Wednesday, the Senate unanimously agreed to strike the word from all pieces of federal legislation—a major victory for the mental health community.

“Federal law should reflect the 21st century understanding of mental illness and disease,” said Sen. Kent Conrad (D-N.D.) when introducing the 21st Century ...

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