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The week David committed his unthinkable crime, Kim says he had started taking a new anti-depressant and was exhibiting strange behavior. She says David was very antsy and paced around the house.

In prison, doctors diagnosed David with bipolar disorder, a more serious form of depression that affects 2 million Americans. "[Bipolar disorder] is a tremendously morbid disease," Dr. Welner says. "Instead of being slowed down, a person has a decreased need for sleep because they're euphoric."

Signs of bipolar disorder can include:

  • Socially inappropriate behavior
  • Inappropriate spending
  • Grandiose and unregulated ambition
  • Sexual promiscuity
  • More likely to abuse drugs
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FROM: Dad Kills Twins: The Truth About Depression
Published on November 14, 2006

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