Some blaming Winehouse's death on untreated bipolar disorder

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Amy Winehouse, 27-year-old singer of the 2008 hit, “Rehab,” was found dead Saturday, July 23rd.  Initial autopsy reports were inconclusive, but many have begun to speculate that her heavy drug and alcohol abuse, alleged self-medication for untreated bipolar disorder, played a role.

In previous interviews, Winehouse mentioned that her drinking was connected to depression.  A July 24th column in The Washington Post connects “manic depression” to other musicians who died young, namely Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, and Kurt Cobain. 

Columnist Courtland Milloy writes, “Winehouse’s death hit me hard because I know so many talented people who struggle with the illness. Some, like her, suffer unnecessarily. They do not seek professional help, fearing that prescription drugs will dull their senses, take the edge off of the highs and raise the bottom on the lows, robbing them of creativity. But by abusing other drugs and engaging in addictive behaviors to ease their pain, they still end up robbing themselves.”

In response to the article, posters said:

“I'm feeling really cranky about the coverage folks like Amy W get when unfortunate - but predictable-events like this happen. In addition to using this as a teachable moment about the impact of manic depression, how about including more about folks who are successfully managing this very difficult disease.”—Nihan

“The low of depression is too often deadly but Bi-Polar is doubly deceiving. It makes one believe the depression has been overcome because of the pseudo-euphoria in the manic high. We can only pray for her soul now and beg to learn through her example hopefully that this is a real disease, not something that can be handled with illicit drugs and alcohol but with careful monitoring 24/7 and professional help if required.”—Russocomedy

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