AMY GOODMAN : Well, every year some 44 million Americans experience mental illness, of which almost 6 million are diagnosed as bipolar. That's totally absurd. An accomplished inspirational speaker and guest blogger at bpHope Blog, Susie was the … A voice teacher, she said she could hear life it in again. Yeah. OK. And they screw your head to the table so it won't move while the surgery is happening right? I have been “suicidal” most of my life, and have made several attempts. I have a high ACE (Adverse Childhood Experiences) score as … And I don't know what to do. I wondered if the CEO still felt that way, given the evidence in the federal report that police officers may not have been properly trained to deal with a patient like Alan Pean and that hospital staff failed to do a psychiatric evaluation. I know what it's like to choose that option. This American Life host Ira Glass (Photo: The coffee-focused segment is seventeen minutes and available below: Listen to the full episode here. They put Alan on a stretcher, take him into the ER. And then, just in January this year, there was another patient with bipolar illness who was shot and paralyzed by security in a Virginia hospital. I was expecting an apology. My goal is to work as hard as I can to minimize the effect bipolar disorder has on my life. That's in a minute from Chicago Public Radio when our program continues. This story is a collaboration with the New York Times. Maybe just go meet her. It's like he's still in there, thinking and applying logic. It's This American Life. Bipolar disorder is a mental health condition that causes dramatic shifts in a person's mood, energy levels and behavior. Mania is often thought of as the “euphoric” end of the mood spectrum, but there’s a lot more to it, and it can actually be quite disruptive in a person’s life. It's not like law enforcement. I recognize it as a mania. They have 17 months to get their act together, or they lose their federal funding. He thought this controller somehow switches on a processor inside of him. But the medical records do include all kinds of things that could have tipped the staff off about what was really wrong. And so that was me. Mike says the rallying cry for his generation is death before dementia, only after a very long life, of course. Now at this particular hospital, calling security usually gets you uniformed guards who don't carry weapons, but also might get you off-duty cops who are on the security team. Doubled. You know, so--. Take Charge of Bipolar Disorder: A 4-Step Plan for You and Your Loved Ones to Manage the Illness and Create Lasting Stability by Julie A Fast and John Preston | Sep 26, 2006 4.6 out of 5 stars 374 I took that as code. Bipolar disorder is one of several mental and physical health conditions associated with an increased risk of developing atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries) and cardiovascular heart disease. I feel great. Meaningless coincidences seemed like signals that he was on a secret mission. And when class ended, they made a plan to meet over the weekend. So he's driving, looking for a hospital. Six years passed without another incident. But they need someone to speak out as though the government is still functioning as normal. Learn about the rates of bipolar disorder treatment success and the effect living with bipolar disorder has on your life expectancy. It depends on who's available. And Alan's father asked for a psych evaluation, but he was ignored. The patient came out of his room naked four to five times. We know there was a scuffle. He had a taser on his upper chest. I f you have bipolar disorder, you may worry about your chances of getting a reasonable life insurance policy.. Life insurance with bipolar disorder may not be offered at the best rates in some cases, but you will likely not be turned down for insurance because of it.. Bipolar disorder is a common condition, affecting over 5.5 million Americans every year. Federal investigators came in. So what were armed police doing in a patient's room? Dr. Pean and his wife, Paloma, get to Alan's hospital room around 10:00 AM. Bipolar disorders can be treated, and people with these illnesses can lead full and productive lives. Confrontation, it's the strategy that everything in our culture pushes you toward, fighting it all the way. That's totally different. Michael Kinsley is a contributing columnist for Vanity Fair and the Washington Post. Only Christian, the oldest son, thought it could happen to him. All my muscles must have been-- you're like high. So I'll see you guys later." Nothing else could have done that. The patient started to dance and would not comply. So innocent statements said to him, like "I don't know anybody in Houston who can come over to your apartment," Alan inserts into the delusion. And he said it multiple times. And what are your friends seeing? Now, Alan had had delusional episodes before-- two times. And he said he tried not to lie outright. In the hallway--. To paraphrase an old saying, guns in hospitals don't kill people. And I get to the gate. When officers enter those facilities, they check their guns at the door. When the doctor began to assess the patient, somebody mentioned that he was shot.". It was big. Women with bipolar disorder are especially vulnerable to suicide. And I'm like, OK, well, just remember your training. Parkinson's isn't usually fatal. That's totally crazy. But dementia is one possibility. There was some there. Life Insurance Applications for People with Bipolar Disorder The application process for a life insurance policy can take a few days or a few weeks. The fallout from this incident was enormous. (40 minutes), In this act, writer Michael Kinsley describes harnessing the power of his own mind to deal with his Parkinson's diagnosis. I'm not a thing with an edge. But I thought, well, this is how they do it. 12-14 Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) is well tolerated and effective in the elderly, and findings indicate that it is an effective treatment for bipolar depression. Did you say, I want a psychiatric evaluation? Then it was a Code Blue. It could be some sort of trap. But I just decided, that is not for me. Seth Lind is our operations director. That the only reason this guy was able to look at me and decide that, hey, he needs to be shot in the chest. Soon the door to his hospital room opened. I admire the courage it took to put yourself and your family's problems out there. I'm driving. The investigation behind the retraction is the subject of episode 460, "Retraction." When it comes to buying life insurance, an application's approval will hinge on the type and severity of the disorder, and how well it's being controlled. He and his lawyers say he did not attack the officers first but they charged him first, and he responded. This is Act One, "When Your Hospital-Borne Infection is a Bullet." Continued. Why have the number of guns in hospitals apparently doubled in just three years? We weren't sure if it was the eye or the head. Because it's different. Even in his psychotic state, Alan wore a seat belt. On a whole bunch of levels. This American Life is produced in collaboration with WBEZ Chicago and delivered to stations by PRX The Public Radio Exchange. Well, yeah. Shut up. That was just how much it was. On the day of the shooting in August, the Houston Police Department issued a brief statement about what happened next. In 2012, there were 29 new This American Life episodes.. I think they just-- another black guy acting crazy. I'm Ira Glass. Patient Stories Malia’s Story. At that time, Officer Law deployed his conducted energy device--" that's the taser-- "which had no apparent effect on the suspect who continued to assault the officers. You see confused, demented people that can be very combative. Bipolar disorder affects roughly 6 million American adults, or about 2.8 percent of the U.S. population over age 18. But it's not so much like--. Well, I say, "Alan, we are here. I do recall my parents showing up. And lots of hospitals, as I've said, have decided they're comfortable with guns. I'm someone with Parkinson's. You're just-- adrenaline pumping. The type of life insurance coverage you are applying for, as well as the information you provide during … So he called me at 10:00 PM. That car that he crashed into the hospital was a 2010 Lexus. There is a controversy about which particular spot in the brain you should go to. And the evidence suggests that that's about doubled in the past three years. I don't know if you-- how is it that you have these officers who shoot an unarmed patient in the hospital, and then he is the bad guy, he's the guy who needs to go to jail? He tries to pull out his own catheter. They test him for drugs and alcohol. There were assassins after him. We asked listeners to send us their best coincidence stories, and we got more than 1,300 submissions! And also joining the community of sufferers of whatever, making it your life. It's about the research, more and more of it over the last couple of decades, indicating that Parkinson's can include cognitive symptoms. Just take the damn cuffs off him.". (11 minutes) It was just kind of smeared here. You don't think about it. They can't go to patients' rooms unless staff has tried everything else to calm a situation. This from the report, he said, quote, that "the minute the patient hit the uniformed police officer, it became a criminal offense, and the officers went into police mode and were justified in the actions they took to protect themselves." Our senior producer is Brian Reed. It just keeps arriving at the wrong answers. Bipolar disorder affects 5.7 million American adults annually, or 2.6 percent of the population, according to the National Institute of Mental Health, and at least half of cases begin before age 25. Schumann to the American actress and writer Carrie Fisher, have lived or live with the condition. I ask him, "Alan, how you doing? And he was different than usual. He doesn't say what he's really thinking, which is that he's in greater and greater danger if he stays at his apartment, that there are snipers outside watching the front of the building, that if he walks out his front door he'll get shot, and they're moving in. I don't think it's them. And I keep telling myself, just remember your training. They had realized that I was acting strange. I can't believe that I'm even here, walking around, standing. Yes. Alan disputes this account. Both his brothers are on their way to becoming doctors. How do you make sense of that? And when you're at the hospital, you said explicitly, you're having a manic episode. And I was like, "what?" But he would not-- I say, "how you doing?" OBJECTIVE. And you're full-on delusion? Well, it was sort of a slippery slope. And I was like, who can I trust? And he describes what that feels like in this way I have never heard anybody describe before. For you, it's big. If a woman with depression begins talking about killing herself or makes an … American Enterprise Institute 1789 Massachusetts Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20036 Main telephone: 202.862.5800 Main fax: 202.862.7177 It is estimated that 2.6 percent of American adults have this disorder, which translates into around 5.7 million people. He was going to get shot. And maybe even more galling, Parkinson's is not just one thing. I was like, OK, this is just going to happen for a little bit, and it'll go away. Do you remember why you were going out into the hallway naked? So I was like, take a deep breath-- in, out. As someone with bipolar disorder, the writer shares three common bipolar symptoms, in the hopes that being more open about them will help destigmatize them and the disorder. The facility failed to ensure contract police officers were trained in the use of safe, acceptable health care interventions for confused and aggressive patients. If you're lucky, you have good friends and close relatives who are going to help you get through it. In the immediate wake of the shooting, Alan's father says that one of the questions that police asked him over and over was, did Alan have a criminal record? He would not tell me anything. Views Working toward my degree in public health and dealing with extreme anxiety last year gave me a unique perspective on bipolar… That's a muscle relaxant. Do they know you're going through this freak-out? Kimberly Henderson is our office coordinator. The type of life insurance coverage you are applying for, as well as the information you provide during … That's an everyday thing for us. Bipolar and related disorders now have a chapter of their own in the updated American Psychiatric Association's Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5): ‘Bipolar and Related Disorders’.. An estimated 1 in 50 (1.8%) Australian adults experience a bipolar disorder each year (Black Dog Institute 2018). And he moved to Houston with a plan to get things done-- finish school, get to grad school. Even though it's general anesthesia, it's not local or anything. Like other mental illnesses, bipolar disorder doesn’t have a single cause. And a big reason we know that is because other people with Parkinson's-- the confronters, not the deniers-- are talking about it. And for a bunch of reasons that I won't bore you with here, the way Alan's apartment was locked, the only way he could have gotten out was off the balcony. And the IV tubes he's hooked up to? While everyone experiences ups and downs, the severe shifts that happen in bipolar disorder can have a serious impact on a person’s life. But I would never think that it would happen to me. Well, when I hear people talking about this, I think, shut up. 10 feet. I had a tumor in my abdomen three years ago-- cancer. Confusing like I have this controller, but then a thought would interject. I need that. Here are 14 of them. The disease often runs in families, and doctors have identified certain genes linked to … Same room. He's got a plan to play a video game online with his buddies. You don't want guns in psychiatry wards for common sense reasons. It gave him eight years of privacy, eight years of relative normalcy. The American Psychiatric Association (APA) is committed to ensuring accessibility of its website to people with disabilities. He thought he was sort of soft-pedaling something, saying, oh, you might lose your edge, as though you're still an intact thing with just a slightly softer edge. So then after that, I catch myself on the second story. Alan Pean nearly died. Large. And I remember the surgeon screaming at the cop to take his handcuffs off. I need my medication. I'm making up the date. You don't learn everything you can about it. And I told her, well, I don't think that's appropriate. I didn't know what I thought a delusion would be like. We have two stories on our program today-- in one, the brain working for you, and the other, this story, the brain very much not working for you, not being a helper, not being a pal. And that is not what happened. I thank God that I didn't hurt anyone else there. And I didn't think about it nearly as long as I should have. You know, so I just rammed the gate open. In Alan's mind, he's still on his mission, which is evolving. But at the same time, he had all this energy, which I guess is something that just happens to him sometimes. Wow. It made them feel safer that a couple of cops with guns would be in the emergency room in case somebody with a weapon came into the hospital. We see that all the time. He gave permission for the hospital to turn them over. Bipolar disorder is a chemical imbalance in the brain that we were born with. The hospital's funding was threatened. I had just got back from class. I'm having a panic attack. The response was that the patient was tasered. The nurse stated at this time, the patient was calmly responsive. Like, why can't he log on to the computer? Contact. So you kind of give that space. (11 minutes). Didn't hug them hello. The doctor did come looking for them, according to federal investigators, but they'd already left. This is a family of doctors, a family with money. If you have trouble accessing any of APA's web resources, please contact us at 202-559-3900 or for assistance. I'm Ira Glass. Yes. Remember, as a physician and familiar with hospitals and how they work, his response is that of a doctor and a father. His father booked a plane to Houston from their home in McAllen, Texas. Therefore, we are committed to anti-racism in all that we do. He asked if the patient was shot, because of the blood and multiple wounds. This American Life is produced in collaboration with WBEZ Chicago and delivered to stations by PRX The Public Radio Exchange. And it's interesting. Among the elderly, bipolar disorder represents 5%–19% of the mood disorder presentations to psychiatric care .Studies show evidence of cognitive deterioration in the longitudinal assessment of older patients with bipolar disorder and greater cognitive impairment in older than younger patients .There is growing evidence of cognitive dysfunction in euthymic mixed-age patients . OK. ", Our first act was about somebody whose mind was sending him jumping off of balconies. Eight years after the brain surgery, Mike wrote another essay about Parkinson's in The New Yorker. You try and talk to them to see if they're safe to approach or not. Schumann to the American actress and writer Carrie Fisher, have lived or live with the condition. When asked what year it was, he said, 1989. Guns in hospitals wielded by people who are not trained to have guns in hospitals kill people. Correct. What? Bipolar disorder is a mental health condition that causes dramatic shifts in a person's mood, ... bipolar disorder affects about 7.1 million adult Americans, or about 2.8 percent of the U.S. population age 18 and older, ... have fewer new mood episodes and enjoy a better quality of life. Angry black guy. That varies a lot by your background, where you live in the country. Alan hangs up on his brother. We know the cops were not in that room for long, a few minutes at most. He remembered, he and his dad had talked about going to the hospital for a different reason. Mike's essay spoke to me. And there's people around me. You walk to the hospital, which is how far from you? I have a book that I really like to read. He's forcing himself to talk to people at this new school. This is actually what was galling to the staffer that I talked to from St. Joseph Medical Center. And it's jarring. He stopped smoking weed, time to buckle down. According to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, suicide is the tenth leading cause of death in the United States. Someone said to me-- and I think this is true. So after Alan action-heroes his way down the balcony, he makes his way to his car-- not a direct path, of course. Well, I can take it. And I think it's getting worse than that.". She said he's going to be discharged. It's great. Don't go any closer. It's a complete outrage. It was all over the map. My life revolves around the task of swallowing pills and doing everything I can to … He was told to go back to his room, and the nurse would come in to assist him with his gown. Why can't he log on to the PS4 or whatever? However, as I'm driving, I tell myself, you were supposed to go somewhere before. They have to do it on the street all the time. And let's get right to it. In other words, two or three people out of 100 have this disorder. I don't know how to handle it. Both were by hospital security. 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