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