Vice President Joe Biden can be funny. He can be controversial. But when he addressed the 15,000 members at the American Psychiatric Association's 167th Annual Meeting at the Javits Center in New York City on Monday, he was eloquent.
Recalling a visit he received from a college roommate whose son was diagnosed with bipolar disease, Biden told the audience:
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