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+ THE TIMES, JANUARY 23, 2014, PAGE 8 -- Like us at Entertainers, comedians, actors, geniuses and By PROF. RANDOLPH HOWES M.D., PhD (EDITOR'S NOTE: Longtime medical columnist for The Times, the author is an accomplished surgeon, medical inventor, and Country music recording artist. Dr. Howes grew up on his par- ents' Ponchatoula strawberry farm. He is a graduate of St. Joseph, Ponchatoula High School, Southeastern, Tulane - two doctorates, followed by a residency at the Johns Hopkins Hospital in plas- tic surgery. He says he is "retired" now in Kentwood. The doctor's column appears on and on fa- It is also available online at The notion that creativity in art and science is con- nected with mental illness has long captured the public imagination. Many speculate that people in the entertainment business and creative people use perfor- mance as a form of self-medica- tion. Researchers claim, "Come- dians have personality types linked with psychosis, like many other creative types, which might explain why they can entertain." In fact, a study by Oxford University research- ers suggests they score highly on characteristics that in ex- treme cases are associated with mental health problems. They seem to have high levels of both introversion and extroversion. I did a review and fou.nd tragic deaths or suicides asso- ciated with the following: 138 actresses committed suicide, including Margaux Hemming- way, Dorian Gray, and Marilyn Monroe; 216 male actors com- mitted suicide, including Fred- die Prinze, George Reeves (Su- perman), George Sanders, and Richard Farnsworth; 164 Mu- sicians and singers committed suicide or had tragic deaths, in- cluding Janice Joplin, Michael Jackson, Elvis Presley, Jimmy Hendrix, Whitney Houston, Kurt Cobain, Mindy McCready, and Faron Young; 10 comedians committed suicide or had tragic deaths including Richard Jeni, Greg Giraldo, John Belushi, Chris Farley; similarly for 20 television personalities, includ- ing Don Cornelius, Dave Garro- way, and 35 film directors who either committed suicide or had tragic deaths. Still, there has been very little research on whether these entertainers have psychotic traits (delusions, incoherence, and hallucinations linked to schizophrenia and bipolar dis- order). But, a study in the Brit- ish Journal of Psychiatry stud- ied 523 comedians (404 men and 119 women) from the UK, US and Australia. The ques- tionnaire was also completed by 364 actors as a control group, Dr. Howes and by a group of 831 people who worked in non-creative ar- eas. They found that comedians scored significantly higher on all four types of psychotic per- sonality traits than the general group. The actors scored higher than the general group on three types - but not on introverted, the personality aspect. Professor Gordon Claridge said: "The creative elements needed to produce humor are strikingly similar to those char- acterizing the cognitive style of people with psychosis - both schizophrenia and bipolar dis- order. Comedians tend to be slightly withdrawn, introverted people who may not always want to socialize, and their comedy is almost an outlet for that. It's a kind of self-medication." Swedish researchers found writers had a higher risk of anxiety and bipolar disorders, schizophrenia, unipolar de- pression, and substance abuse. They were almost twice as like- ly as the general population to kill themselves. Dancers and photographers were also more likely to have bipolar disorder. In the America that I love, we feel that creative people are not more likely to suffer from psychiatric disorders than oth- er people. But sadly, many "cre- ative geniuses" seemingly pay a very high price to entertain us. FROM PAGE ONE 03, 2014, Mosely was arrested on six counts of Failure to Appear (FTA) for the City of Ponchatou- la. As officers were processing Mosely, they discovered Mosely to be in possession of one of the military issued knives that was taken in the burglary. Mosely was transported and housed in Lila Hogan decides not to run for family court judge People who have an active prayer life will tell you that when a prayer goes unan- swered, sometimes the message isn't a "no," but instead is, "not right now." At the end of last year's elec- tion for Family Court Judge, I fully intended to campaign for the Division J Family Court Judge seat which will be open at the end of this year. However, after much prayer- ful thought and consideration, and after receiving the wise counsel of those closest to me, I've concluded that the time for me to seek election for Family Court Judge is "not right now." Therefore, I am ending my campaign for Division J Family Court Judge effective immedi- ately. I will never forget the out- pouring of love and support that so many of you gave me, welcoming me into your homes, your weekend outings, and your churches. The innumer- able kindnesses I received and the fun we had will always be with me. It was also incredibly moving to hear so many of you share your personal experiences of the court system and your passion to make Family Court work for everyone. But most importantly, I saw your selfless desire to pro- tect the children who, through no fault of their own, find them- selves trapped in the gears of the divorce process. Although serving as a Family Court judge is not in my imme- diate future, I remain as pas- sionate as ever about improving the Family Court system and serving the families and chil- dren who are affected by it. I would like to thank my won- derful husband, Attorney Tom Hogan, my children Liz, Janey, Rae, and David, my dear friend and campaign chairperson Dr. Patsy Causey, and everyone on the Lila Hogan for Family Court Judge campaign team. Your ef- forts were part of a dream for how Family Court matters should be handled. Many of our ideas will be implemented even though I will not be serving in the immediate future. Finally, to the thousands of people I met in the 21st judicial District, from the bottom of my heart, thank you for making this campaign such a wonderful and humbling experience. Your lives and stories have broadened my perspective, and enriched me forever. Lila Hogan 5HO'T5 NOW AVA LAB]LE DRIVE THRU SERVICE.AVAILABLE TEXT & EMAIL NOTIFICATION WHEN RX IS READY MOST INSURANCE ACCEPTED I REFILL RX ON OUR WEBSITE OR MOBILE APP JEWELRY & GIFTS/GREETING CARDS 1625 HWY 51 N FREE LOCAL PONCHATOULA DELIVERY !! Located I mile south of North Oaks (Next to Cafe NOLA ) Come by and get to know us/ FROM PAGE ONE Before "progress" destroys all signs of that great businessman's contributions, please take a pic- ture of St. Joseph Elementary and the small shrine on its front lawn, both built by Fannaly, as was the old convent, which only recently fell to the wrecker's ball to make room for the modern church buildings now occupying that space, just as surely as the modern St. Joseph church is built on the site of the Fannaly'Man- sion. Do you today remember what Bohnings looked like just a short while ago, never mind where it was located before the Gate- way Shopping Center was even built? Memories are what good newspapers do best for their readers and for their cities. Please say you agree. And let's see if you. can name the various locations Bohnings has done business in Our Ponchatoula. It's worth a full year's paid sub- scription, and we will ask John Bohning to be the judge. Amite City Jail for housing on the FTA's. On January 15, 2014, detectives were able to secure the warrants on the burglary, and Mosely was moved from the Amite City Jail to the Tangipa- hoa Parish Jail in Amite on the above stated charges. Chief Layrisson informs that . ~:~ , ~; ,~i}~: ,. Mosely has been arrested 39 = , times by the Ponchatoula Police : :'~,,~ :~::" Department since 2004. Some of those 39 charges include: Possession w/Intent to Distrib- ute Schedule I & II Narcotics, six Counts of Resisting an Of- ricer, 2 Counts of Possession of Marijuana, four Counts of Bur- glary, two Counts of Theft of a Firearm and Possession of Sto- len Property. Arbor Day at Tucker Elementary As the chair of Gardenettes' Arbor Day celebration, Mrs. Kathy Bedenbaugh (top, left) former Tucker teacher and Gardenette member Joan Morse (right) tells the students about the willow oak planted in honor of Arbor Day by Mayor Bob Zabbia, Gardenettes, and the students. (Times Photo) Fatal crash claims Independence woman FROM PAGE ONE when I saw the vehicle ahead of me on 1-55 turned sideways and upside down, blocking the left lane, while the right lane was littered with automobile wreck- age and broken glass... A second vehicle to the north of the one just a few feet from my windshield had been wrecked, but was at least upright. Automobile parts violently ripped from the two vehicles lit- tered the interstate. This crash had just occurred, the sound of it had just faded away and ee- rie silence now ruled the inter- state. Certain death hovered over everything I was seeing, and then I heard the sirens. Within seconds, Tangipahoa deputies, state police troop- ers, and the first Acadian Am- bulance joined me at the scene and I stayed out of their way, taking news photos as the first responders went through stud- ied and practiced attempts to locate victims. A white ambulance stretcher was being rushed to the crash vehicle farthest from where I had pulled over to the side of the 1-55, and skilled hands were loading a human figure onto it for the short walk to a waiting Acadian ambulance which then raced north to find emergency medical care at North Oaks Medical Center. By this time a sea of state police mixed with .ambulance paramedics and firefighters were on the scene. A state trooper was walking south on the interstate and we spoke briefly in catch phrases spoken in the code of such disas- ters, he told me the injuries he saw gave scant hope of survival for the crash victim, the one on the ambulance stretcher. One who did survive the crash was out of the wreckage, standing by the side of the in- terstate, a trooper approaching him seeking a statement. As traffic backed up behind us, I began inching forward, fol- lowing a path left by the depart- ed ambulance. "Did you witness the crash?" A trooper asked. "No Sir. I arrived on the scene just after it happened." And he advised me to pull forward and slowly leave the scene, so as not to puncture my tires on the glass and wreckage. I had already captured on my camera and cell phone some of the devastation. It was time to clear the scene and let the investigating officers do their work. State Police from Troop L later stated Gussie Miller, 60, of Independence had died in what surely was a high speed crash. A Troop La investigation re- vealed that a 2010 Mercedes 350, operated by Clifford Durio, 31, of LaPlace, was southbound on Interstate 55. A 2007 Ford Fusion, driven by Gussie Miller with front seat passenger Je- rome Miller of Independence had been heading northbound on Interstate 55. The State Police report is- sued later in the day stated: "While traveling southbound on Interstate 55 at an unsafe speed, Durio veered right caus- ing the Mercedes to exit the roadway. Durio over-corrected while steering back toward the travel lanes and lost control. "The Mercedes crossed the southbound lanes of 1-55, en- tered the center grass median, and rolled onto its roof. Upon exiting median, the vehicle slid up an embankment and became airborne crossing into the left northbound lane of the inter- state. "While upside down and air- borne, the left rear Of the Mer- cedes struck the front left area of the Ford. The upside down Mercedes and upright Ford came to rest in the left lane of 1-55 northbound. "Gussie Miller was trans- ported to North Oaks Hospital with life threatening injuries where she later died. Jerome Miller and Durio were also transported to North Oaks with minor injuries," concluded the State Police report. Speed was determined by investigating troopers to be a major contributing factor on Durio's part. All parties were restrained (seat belts). Impair- ment is not suspected; however, blood samples were collected from both drivers for a toxico- logical analysis. Those results are pending," according to the police report. Durio was charged with neg- ligent homicide, negligent in- juring, reckless operation, felon in possession of a firearm, and driving under suspension. He was placed under arrest and booked at the Tangipahoa Par- ish Jail. The crash remains un- der investigation. \ NORTHOAKs Walk-In Clinic PONCHATOULA 530 West Pine Street, Suite 1 Next to Gabriel Building Supply Monday - Friday 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. (985) 370-5656 TAKING YOUR HEALTH CAREIN A NEW DIRI The Ponchatoula Times - Call 985-386-2877 - P.O. Box 743 - Ponchatoula, LA 70454-0743 - editor@ )