Paragraph five [of second article in URL] reads: "Funny that since Rivkin was found guilty on April 30 there has been talk of Prozac and manic depression seemingly at every turn. Yates said one of Rivkin's medical reports concluded that while Rivkin was suffering from hypomania (mild manic episodes), he would also benefit from taking less of the anti-depressant Prozac".
It is the opinion of SSRI Stories that antidepressant usage,, especially the use of new antidepressants known as SSRIs, may have contributed to the financial crisis. One of the adverse reactions in the Physicians Desk Reference listed for SSRIs is hypomania. Hypomania can cause excessive risk taking, poor judgement, impulsivity, the desire to spend excessively, etc. The person who is hypomanic can still function and is not considered "sick" by his/her relatives, friends and acquaintances.
Media star picked on
So Laws yesterday continued his "live reads" for 2UE and its network on the $4.9 billion mining deal, copping a bit of stick from the odd bolshie shareholder and generating a big slice of revenue for 2UE.
The gravel-voiced one said he felt he was being victimised as a "tall poppy" over the whole matter, invoking the universal fallback position for every Australian figure targeted by what they see as undeserved public criticism.
Other self-proclaimed victims of the syndrome include One.Tel founder and former director Jodee Rich, banned company director Rodney Adler and insider trader Rene Rivkin. Strong company.
But Laws wasn't even presented as a character witness for Rivkin in submissions this week to the NSW Supreme Court ahead of Rivkin's sentencing today on charges of insider trading.
His radio talkback rival Alan Jones was on the roll call of supporters lining up to mitigate a potential five years in jail and a fine of up $200,000.
Funny that since Rivkin was found guilty on April 30 there has been talk of Prozac and manic depression seemingly at every turn.
Crown prosecutor David Yates, SC, is running the argument that Rivkin's mental health would not preclude him from receiving a prison term.
Yates said one of Rivkin's medical reports concluded that while Rivkin was suffering from hypomania (mild manic episodes), he would also benefit from taking less of the anti-depressant Prozac. Rivkin had not sought psychiatric help for 10 years, he said.
As a counter, Rivkin's side presented a medical expert's opinion arguing the risk of incarceration was that Rivkin might suffer from a "swinging depression".
Even his friends, such as former pollie Graham Richardson, have been on song, saying: "In terms of character you'd have to say Rene's a little odd." His wife reported him as increasingly "manic and hyper".