Monday, August 29, 2005

Anyone from Chicago out there?

If anyone reading this in the Patty Duke blog community is from the greater Chicago area and would be willing to speak to a print journalist on the topic of this new online resource, please contact me at:

I am interested in getting in touch with you!



Locking up the Sick

From the Colorado Springs online: "Colorado's prisons and jails have become the front line in the state's battle against mental illness.

The number of beds has dropped at the two state mental hospitals. The Colorado Department of Corrections reports an increase in inmates diagnosed with serious mental illness. In 2004, Corrections cut funding for mental-health treatment.

Nearly one in four inmates at the El Paso County Criminal Justice Center probably doesn't belong there, Sheriff Terry Maketa says.

Those inmates are among Colorado's growing number of untreated mentally ill who have slipped through the cracks of a public mental-health system ravaged by budget cuts."

Friday, August 26, 2005

Crush...this duo sounds like another worthy Texas music act!

Renee Murray, left, and Christie Glasser are Crush, a singer/songwriter team that is reaching audience with its true-to-life music. Photo courtesy of the Herald Democrat, Sherman, Texas.

This is a great story, and I would personally love to hear the work of this Texas duet. Apparently no amount of rough times or bad news can keep these strong women down. They seem to be making beautiful music, and there is little that can compare to great Texas artists performing their craft!

The Herald Democrat: "'They laugh alike, they walk alike, at times they even talk alike.' The classic lyrics to the Patty Duke Show of yesterday could just as easily have been written about Christie Glaser and Renee Murray."

Earning Respect for the Mentally Ill - from "What is the message you are trying to send to the public?

We want to change the perception of mental illness and help people receive proper treatment. Inadequate funding, limited services and a desperate shortage of housing, especially supervised housing, are major issues that people with mental illness have to deal with on a daily basis.

They struggle to lead productive lives.

These individuals didn't cause their illness. Mental illness is a neurological No-Fault Brain Disease. The symptoms usually present themselves between the ages of 16 and 25. When we speak of mental illness we usually refer to schizophrenia, manic depression or bi- polar disorder, severe depression, obsessive compulsive disorder, and panic anxiety attacks.

Most people will not admit they have a problem in public because of the stigma. Historically, Lincoln, Churchill, major poets, musicians, artists, and many others were affected by mental illness. We are grateful for the people who have come out, like Tipper Gore, Patty Duke, Mike Wallace, Rod Steiger, and Dick Cavett to make the world see the mental illness can strike anybody."

Monday, August 22, 2005

Mind Matters: Learn to recognize, treat mental illness

The Albuquerque Tribune: Science: "Depression and bipolar disorder are two major mental illnesses that are prevalent, not only in New Mexico, but in the entire nation.

It is estimated that depression affects nearly 23 million adult Americans each year, and bipolar disorder affects about 2.5 million. It is important to know a little bit about the signs of depression and bipolar disorders so you can help yourself or someone you know. "

Sunday, August 21, 2005

Study on African-American Mood Disorders

The Cincinnati Post - Blacks' mental states misdiagnosed: "Researchers at the University of Cincinnati are leading a four-year national study to try to determine why African-Americans seeking help for mood disorders, such as depression or bipolar disorder, are often misdiagnosed with schizophrenia.

'That's been a mystery for at least 45 years,' said Dr. Stephen Strakowski, a professor in UC's Department of Psychiatry and lead investigator for the study.

'Doctors overvalue certain symptoms over others, and they miss the mood disorder symptoms. We haven't determined why,' he said."

Saturday, August 20, 2005

Ground broken for new addition at Cd'A Homes

COEUR d'ALENE -- When Patty Duke turned over the ceremonial spade of earth for the new addition at Coeur d'Alene Homes Friday, she performed one other gesture with even more significance, at least to her. She bent down and picked up a small bit of the dry dirt beneath the aged, towering pines of the grounds.

'I was kissing the dirt,' she said afterward. 'It was a message to my mom.'"

Photo by Jerome Pollos, CdA Press

Wednesday, August 17, 2005

Patty Duke Launches Online Center for Mental Wellness

For Immediate Release - August 17, 2005

Patty Duke Launches Online Center for Mental Wellness - Encourages individuals and families battling Bipolar Disorder to share stories

(COEUR D’ALENE, ID) In a continuing effort to provide help, information, and resources to people struggling with mental illness, Patty Duke today announced the rollout of her Online Center for Mental Wellness at

The center will be a “virtual” gathering place for individuals and families looking for information on Bipolar Disorder specifically and mental illness generally. Also, Duke is asking people to share their experiences and success stories regarding mental illness with her and the online community to help others understand that they are not alone. This can be done on her blog site Patty Duke's Blog Site or on the “Ask Patty Duke” page on Duke’s web site.

“I have been blessed with a long and fulfilling career on the stage, on television, and in the movies,” said Patty Duke. “But I’ve come to realize that one of my most important roles in life is to assist people who struggle with mental illness get the help they need to live productive, happy lives.”

In the near future, the Online Center will offer CDs, tapes, books, and seminars, as well as sponsoring events that bring medical professionals and mental health experts together on topics of importance to people struggling with mental illness and their families.

Duke, who won the 1962 Best Supporting Actress Academy Award for her role as Helen Keller in “The Miracle Worker”, has written two bestselling books chronicling her life in show business and her struggles with Bipolar Disorder. She has been an advocate for more than 20 years on the topic of mental illness and has worked to reduce the stigma of the diagnosis.

Patty Duke has been asked to testify in Congress in September on the topic of mental illness by Representative Sue Myrick (R-NC), which will be her third time testifying.

Monday, August 15, 2005

Kids book explains bipolar disorder

Kids book explains bipolar disorder: "A trio of local women took a creative approach to educating people about bipolar disorder.

They created a children's book.

Dr. Lisa Lewandowski, 35, of Canton, Shannon M.B. Trost, 35, of Farmington Hills, and Kimberly Shaw-Peterson, 31, of Plymouth, now are working to get the book into the hands of professionals, parents and teachers.

The book, 'Darcy Daisy and the Firefly Festival' (Front Page Publications, $9.95), was released in June."

Brian Cox as Graeme Obree - "The Flying Scotsman" in production

sundaymail - ONLY LOVE CAN BEAT MY BLUES: "BRIAN COX had not heard of cycling champ Graeme Obree before agreeing to star in a movie based on his life.

But the Hollywood heavyweight yesterday revealed how he felt drawn to the turbulent story of the gifted athlete driven to the edge of suicide by crippling depression.

Brian, 59, could only imagine the severe manic depression which plagued the cyclist during his glittering career."

Friday, August 12, 2005

Implanted device delivers relief from depression

Dan DeLong / P-I

Lana Sanderson, walking with fiance Steve Carlsen, has battled bipolar disorder for years and finally found help with VNS, an implanted medical device.

From the Seattle Post-Intelligencer:

"Lana Sanderson felt like she'd run out of options.

After decades of battling severe depression, nothing -- not anti-depressants, not psychotherapy, not even electroconvulsive therapy -- could break the cycle of debilitating sadnesses and manic highs.

So, in November 2000 she had an experimental device implanted in her chest at the University of Washington Medical Center."

Monday, August 08, 2005

Widow writes of life with bipolar husband

The Albuquerque Tribune: Books

"While still in Texas, Cora started writing poetry, a kind of autobiography in verse, as a way of preserving memories for her children. That resulted in several volumes of self-published verse with titles such as 'The Good Old Days,' 'Philosophies and Phoolishness' and 'Diary of an Adventure.'

Some of those poems are about Harry's illness, and some of them are woven into the chapters of 'Absence of Grief.' The poems provide glimpses of the love, patience and humor that helped Cora live with the man who told her he was crazy."

Treating Depression During Pregnancy

Daily Express - Malaysia

"Depression affects 10 to 15 per cent of women during pregnancy and in the first three months postpartum (after delivery).

Dr Janet Atsumi Martin, from the Cedars-Sinai Medical Centre in Los Angeles, said depression can be a part of many disorders. 'These include major depressive disorder, postpartum depressive disorder, bipolar disorder, psychotic disorder and anxiety disorder,' she said at the recent 2005 Malaysian Psychology Conference. "