Make-a-List Monday: Teens with bipolar disorder

This is a list of MPs who suffer from bipolar disorder and are nineteen or younger. This condition usually manifests itself in the late teenage or early adult years, but can appear in childhood or early adolescence also. It’s estimated to affect about two and a half percent of the adult population and a list of every Charley MP who has it, I decided, would be too long — over one hundred names, I think — so I focused on the younger ones.

Bipolar disorder, also known as manic-depression, is characterized by periods of depressed mood alternating with manic states, where a person can become irrationally happy and/or irritable, have a greater sex drive and less need for sleep, and, in the more severe cases, become aggressive and develop paranoia and psychotic symptoms. People joke about it — “I’m was in a good mood this morning but now I’m feeling crappy, I’m just so bipolar today!” — but I wish they wouldn’t; this is a serious illness and isn’t to be taken lightly. Psychiatric drugs are pretty much essential for controlling the condition, but various forms of psychotherapy are recommended too.

I myself have a mild form of the disorder. For me it’s the depression that’s most noticeable, and at first I was diagnosed with depression only; years passed before my doctors realized I was also having manic episodes. I’ll become really happy, as in “bouncing around the house singing at the top of my voice” happy, and I’ll talk too fast for other people to understand, and often ambitiously start some project or other that I’ll never finish and didn’t have the ability to finish in the first place. Then, after two or three days or sometimes a whole week, I’ll be in the “I wish I was dead” mode, and that will usually last a lot longer than the happy period did.

(One time, for example, I got this idea to start a business selling a certain herbal appetite suppressant, and excitedly told all my friends about how I was going to corner the market on it and make loads of money. As far as putting my plan into action, all I actually did was order some seeds for planting. I never even bothered to plant them because by the time they arrived in the mail I was back in depression mode again. It was the wrong season anyway.)

Since I started taking a mood stabilizer in mid-2012 my mood swings have smoothed out a great deal, but my emotional pendulum still swings some and I have to keep an eye on myself. The mood stabilizer is a pain in the butt because I have to take it several times a day. But it works. And compared to many people with bipolar disorder, I’m very fortunate.

Diagnosed bipolar disorder:
Julian Carrozza, 13
Stacy Lynn Carson, 19
Mark Anthony Degner, 12
Virginia Anne Greene, 19
Bryan Andrew Hayes, 13
Juliandra Elizabeth Jones, 19
Ashley Renee Martinez, 15
Bianca Noel Piper, 13
Kyla G. Porter, 19

Honorable mention:
Kara Nancy Nichols, 19, listed as possibly having bipolar disorder

I wouldn’t be surprised if these were not the only teenagers listed on Charley who have bipolar disorder. To begin with, I rarely have much in the way of information on runaways, which comprise the majority of teenagers listed on the Charley Project. And also, often a person can have bipolar disorder for years or even decades before it’s diagnosed.

One of the most famous books on bipolar disorder is Kay Redfield Jamison’s An Unquiet Mind: A Memoir of Moods and Madness. I didn’t really like it very much, though I really liked her book Night Falls Fast: Understanding Suicide. I haven’t read that many books about bipolar disorder, but I would recommend A Mood Apart: Depression, Mania, and Other Afflictions of the Self by Peter Whybrow or The Pits and the Pendulum: A Life with Bipolar Disorder by Brian Adams.

Make-a-List Monday: Blindness

A list of people who are blind or nearly so. I decided to exclude those who are blind in only one eye, since those people function almost normally, but did include people who are only legally blind without corrective lenses.

James Daniel Butler
Donald Richard Delaney
Landon Lee Deriggi
Judith A. Geurin
Gilbert Mark Gilman
Melody Ann Jones
Patricia Louise Kelley
Joe David Key
Norvel Ronert Nelson III
Jeffrey Daniel Osborne
Carlo Pfaff
Tony Jhon Pineda
Casey Alexander Ragan
Raymond Scott Rupp

Make-a-List Monday: Autism

This list is of people on the autism spectrum, which includes autism, Asperger’s Syndrome and pervasive developmental disorder (PDD). The most current psychiatric parlance is to lump all those conditions under the term “autism spectrum disorder.” Given how common the condition is (and how often it goes undiagnosed) chances are pretty good there many more people on Charley who are autistic and I just don’t know it.

Allison Taylor Bayliss
Samuel Savage Becker Boehlke
Daniel Patrick DeSimone
Donald Leo Dietz (possibly)
Oded Gordon
Gary Dale Finck
Emanuel Ocampo
Gordon Thomas Page Jr.
Zev Ephaim Patt

Make-a-List Monday: Deaf people

People who are deaf or nearly deaf in at least one ear:

Emad Ali Ben-Mrad
Carmen Orduno Carrasco
Keyla Contreras
Wendy Eaton
Porschette Charslyn Evans
Jim Elliott Foster
Jonathan Lewis Ginsburg
Muna Mahamud Haji
Betty McCullough
Winter Angel Rose Parks
Sharice Lorraine Pollard
Lonene Ray Rogers
Phyllis Rome
Rodney Texera
Khoi Dang Vu

With Keyla Contreras, there was a news article that described her as “deaf and mute.” A bunch of commenters on the article were outraged at the term “mute” claiming it meant “stupid.” Uh, no. “Mute” means “silent” or “unable to speak.” The term “dumb” is what they were thinking of; it used to mean “mute” and now means “stupid.”

Make-a-List Monday: Hospitals

Here’s people who disappeared either from a hospital, or just after leaving one. Naturally, almost all of these people are either patients or hospital employees:

Albert Lee Baker
Sondra Denise Barrington
Janice L. Beck
Michael Bowcott
Johnny Harold Campbell
Benita Gay Chamberlin
John Chocha Jr.
Anna T. Dimmitt
Jaime Luis Davila
Selena Marie Edon
Andrea Fatima Erwin
Curtis Lee Flowers
Paul Joseph Fronczak
Jonathan Tyrone Granison-Bradley
Jeremy Adam Hayward
Charlotte Heimann
Robin Joy Heitger
James Johnson Jr.
Devona Kincaid
Earl Kuhl
Michelle Jolene Lakey
Abril Marie Magdaleno
Kim Louise Mallon
Peggy Joyce Jones Mandeville
Harold Elmer Martin
Robert Lee Mitchell
Kamiyah Mobley
Dawn Marie Mozino
Alma Louise O’Con
Juan Padilla
Antonio Z. Perez
Virginia Sue Pictou-Noyes
Craig Allen Reed
Gerald Rihlmann
Jackie Robinson
Philistin Saintcyr
Marlene Santana
Silas Sessions
Bobby Nathan Simpson
Robert Earl Sine IV
Robin Michelle Smith
Tavish Sutton
Patrick Kevin Taylor
Sydney Taylor
David Edward Wetzel
John Tibor Weisz
Cheryl Schille Wyant

Flashback Friday: Nancy Jason

Nancy Lynn Jason, age 18, disappeared on July 20, 1977 from Bethesda, Maryland (a suburb of Washington DC). She was affiliated with the Divine Light Mission and planned to attend one of their meetings down in Florida. She packed her luggage, clothes and a camera for her trip, but before she was scheduled to leave she disappeared, leaving behind the aforementioned belongings.

I don’t know anything about the Divine Light Mission, but some accounts refer to it as a cult and claim it practices brainwashing. So maybe Nancy disappeared as a result of her of her involvement in the DLM, changed her identity and is still alive somewhere — but why would she leave behind all of her stuff?

It’s also entirely on the cards that Nancy met with foul play: she had the habit of hitchhiking, and could have accepted a ride from the wrong person. MP hitchhikers are all too common on the Charley Project.

Or, she could have died of natural causes after her disappearance. Nancy had a medical condition, namely epilepsy, but I don’t know how severe it was. She required medication to control condition. Seizures can kill, and epilepsy can also cause death indirectly. For example, one of my boyfriend’s cousins died when he was a child, after he had an epileptic seizure while swimming and drowned.

Best case scenario is that Nancy is still alive and is either missing voluntarily, or doesn’t recall her identity. (Anyone know whether epilepsy can cause amnesia?)

If she is alive, she is 65 55 today.

MPs with cancer

For Make-a-List Monday: MPs who had cancer, or were thought to have cancer, at the time of their disappearance.

Juanita Eleanor Bardin: possible breast and/or stomach cancer
Celia Darlene Barnes: lymphoma
Mark Lawrence Bosworth: non-Hodgkins lymphoma
Charles Edward Bretzman: skin cancer
Leonard Lee Burhans: unspecified cancer
Sadie Ruth Edney: unspecified cancer
Nancy Estremera: unspecified cancer
Maureen Erin Fields: possible breast cancer
Andrew Cardoza Fluegelman: unspecified cancer
Thomas Edmonds Godwin: thyroid cancer
Irvin Goff: unspecified cancer
Tammy Ann Hill: cervical cancer
Dale A. LaFleur: prostate cancer
Leland Alton Jones: brain cancer
Benjamin Lopez Jr.: brain cancer
Harold Elmer Martin: lung cancer
Shalonda Monique Morris: unspecified cancer
Ada Marie Odell: unspecified cancer
Jessica Eileen Ortiz: cervical cancer
Taffy G. Overstreet: unspecified cancer
Timothy Verne Perryman: possible prostate cancer
Andrew Brian Renton: intestinal and/or stomach cancer
Maria I. Reyes: breast cancer
Elsha Marie Rivera: ovarian cancer
Roger Schwerman II: possible unspecified cancer
Anne Lynette Turner: unspecified cancer
Curtis Lee Weatherly: unspecified cancer

Previous cancer/in remission:
Bobby Dale Jamison: testicular cancer
Rupinder Kaur Goraya: stomach cancer
John Francis Lenihan: unspecified cancer
Joseph Wayne McCartan: unspecified cancer
Bill Dwayne Wheeler Sr.: unspecified cancer
Paul Cecil Worsham: prostate cancer

Honorable mentions:
Ronald Franklin Westover, who had had lung cancer and went into remission, told his family he’d had a recurrence. He was lying.

MPs with rare medical conditions

This week’s list is of missing people who have medical conditions that are little-known enough that I felt I had to explain what they were and what the symptoms are. Most, but not all, of these conditions are rare. It’s my purely subjective opinion that many people won’t know what these conditions are or what symptoms they present.

Patrick Jason Beavers: retinitis pigmentosa
Mary June Comiskey: Graves Disease
Rosemary Cosgrove: Pick’s Disease
Haleigh Ann-Marie Cummings: Turner Syndrome
Vickey Carolyn de Laurier: Barrett’s Disease and Crohn’s Disease
Julie A. Earley: adhesive capsulitis
Christian Taylor Ferguson: citrullimenia
Jeremy Wayne Goodwin: Crohn’s Disease
Jyrine Kyese Harris: ostogensis imperfecta
Annie Laurie Swaim Hearin: ileitis
Bobby Dale Jamison: spinal stenosis
Stacy Renee Lester: cholesteatoma
Gabriel Lopez Duarte: neurocysticercosis
Amber Shawnell Hoopes: vitaligo
Tiana Neshelle Martin: Graves Disease
Mary Elizabeth Nunes: arteriovenous malformations
Timothy Scott Parry: Angelman’s Syndrome and porphyria
Jaliek L. Rainwalker: Reactive Attachment Disorder
Evelyn Throsby Scott: diverculitis