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Given medical history, Robbins' actions not unusual

Updated: March 31, 2003, 12:41 PM ET
By Dr. Jerry Punch | Special to ESPN.com

Oakland Raiders center Barret Robbins has been in the news since Super Bowl weekend, when he missed team functions on Saturday and ultimately was told by coach Bill Callahan that he wouldn't play in the big game.

Reports indicate that Robbins has a history of depression and bipolar disorder -- which are different but sometimes related illnesses -- and he reportedly had stopped taking the medication that treated those illnesses.

I'm not a psychiatrist, but I spent 15 years as an emergency-medicine ...

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