On Wednesday, Mia Landingham pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter for killing her boyfriend, Mikal Middleton-Bey, last summer.
How did she kill him? By sitting on him. Seriously.
Mia weighed about 300 lbs at the time, and Mikal weighed just 120 lbs, when the assault occurred.
According to Mia's public defender, there was indeed a "long history of domestic abuse between his client and her late boyfriend." Landingham, however, has no previous criminal record.
According to Fox 8, the victim's step-mother had this to say to Landingham:
"I just want to let you know how much you have hurt us by taking Mikal away from us."
Landingham was sentenced to three years probation and 100 hours of community service to which Middleton-Bey's sister replied, "So basically you can say that I can go sit on somebody and get probation? I feel there wasn't no[sic] justice."
For her part, Landingham told the judge:
"I just want to say that I am sincerely sorry about this situation.... I wish I could take it back."
when did multiply.com become an addiction? i find myself STILL going to multiply.com after i stated i was getting rid of the account.
i wanted to use my multiply.com account just for cross-posting. that did not work. i found myself being distracted every time i tried to post something.
i think what keeps me coming back to multiply.com is the wonderful contacts that i have. they are intelligent, witty and whimsical and they always post interesting, informative, and downright craziness that sometimes leaves you with a blank stare.
even though my leave was brief, i have to say that i am happy to be back.
i guess we all will have time to make 2K10 better than 2009 together
The mood swings of bipolar disorder can be profoundly destructive. Depression can make you isolate yourself from your friends and loved ones. You may find it impossible to get out of bed, let alone keep your job. During manic periods, you be may be reckless and volatile.
Picking up the pieces after mood swings can be hard. The people whom you need most -- especially your friends and family -- may be angry with you or reluctant to help.
The best way to avoid these mood swings is to get treatment for bipolar disorder. But unfortunately, periods of hypomania, mania, or depression aren't completely preventable. Even people who always take their medication and are careful with their health can still have mood swings from time to time.
So that's why it's important to catch changes in your mood early before they develop into something serious.
Mood Swing Triggers in Bipolar Disorder
At first, mood swings may take you by surprise if you have bipolar disorder. But over time, you might start to see patterns or signs that you're entering a period of mania or depression. Aside from a shift in your mood, look for changes in your:
- Sleep patterns
- Energy level
- Alcohol or drug use
- Sex drive
You may also discover particular "triggers" -- situations or events that can provoke a period of mania or depression. Some people find they're more likely to become depressed or manic during stressful times at work or during holidays. Many people see seasonal patterns to their mood changes. Of course, not everyone can identify triggers. Also, some triggers can't be anticipated or avoided, like a serious illness or a traumatic event.
One good way to see patterns or triggers in your bipolar disorder is to keep a journal. Make note of big events, stresses, your medication dosage, and the amount of sleep you're getting. Over time, you might see some patterns emerge.
If you know what your triggers are, you can prepare for times when you might be most vulnerable. Ask for more help from coworkers. Have your family and friends check in more often so you get extra support.
If you see the signs of potential trouble, get help. Don't wait for the mood swing to pass on its own. With quick intervention, you might be able to stop a very minor mood swing from becoming a serious problem.
The Appeal of Mania in Bipolar Disorder
When people with bipolar disorder are depressed, they almost always know that something is wrong. Nobody likes feeling that way.
But it's different for people who are hypomanic or manic. Often, they don't think anything is wrong. Or if they notice a difference in their mood and personality, they think it's an improvement.
Mania and hypomania can be seductive. You might feel more energized, creative, and interesting. You might be able to get extraordinary amounts of work done. So what's the problem?
The fact is that manic phases often turn destructive. Some consequences of a manic episode can't be undone. You can wipe out your savings account. You can have affairs that ruin your marriage. You can lose your job. Most dangerous of all, mania can make you do things that risk your life or the lives of others.
Although hypomania or mania can feel good at the moment, in the long run, you'll be happier, healthier, more productive, and more successful if you can maintain a stable mood.
for the life of me, i cannot understand why i would want to hold on to 2009, a second past 23:59 on December 31st.
2009 had to be my worst year to record. i had more emotionally and physically crippling situations happen. the sum of those experiences equal at least 10 years worth of emotional and physical bullshit.
2009 is also the year that i was introduced to the term UNEMPLOYMENT. if you are a person, such as myself, who has worked non stop since 1983, that it like being un-expectantly slapped in the face with the “I Have No Job- For Dummies!” manual. it is a very surreal experience.
i am finishing up what has to be one of my greatest bouts of depression with the ending of 2009. i had been mentally incapacitated to the point i had been bed ridden since December 31st. that whole ordeal is a blog that i REALLY don’t want to get into.
my point today is, i am HAPPY, HEALTHY, ALERT and READY for 2K10! i am glad to see you are here with me.