Mental Illness

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Maybe you have never heard of Isaiah Renfro. But you should know his struggle. There are scores like him, young athletes on college campuses grappling with mental illness — a crisis that is only now getting serious attention. Here's one man's story of how he fought his way out of the dark.
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Biology was supposed to cure what ails psychiatry. Decades later, millions of people with mental disorders are still waiting.
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Cisco CEO Chuck Robbins has been speaking out to employees about the importance of mental health. He sent a company-wide email in June after the suicides of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain and another in October during Mental Illness Awareness Week.
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The shortage in Canada of bupropion, a popular prescription antidepressant, has been stressful for patients with mental illnesses and the people who care for them.
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Investigations into whether gun licences should be revoked due to violent incidents or mental illness have faced "significant delays" that could endanger public safety, says an internal RCMP review.
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Isaiah Woods, a promising wide receiver, hit rock bottom with mental illness and is among a number of college athletes learning about, and dealing with, depression.
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The 2015 murder of a Missouri mother exposes a series of possible mental illness, faked disease, and illicit online romance.
 
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The Trump administration Tuesday allowed states to provide more inpatient treatment for people with serious mental illness by tapping Medicaid, a potentially far-reaching move to ...
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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is opening the door for states to provide more inpatient treatment for people with serious mental illness by tapping Medicaid programs. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar made the announcement Tuesday in a speech to state Medicaid directors. The lack of inpatient treatment beds for people with serious […]
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A dust-up over a joke about a Republican politician's war injury reveals conservative hypocrisy. Conservatives were completely outraged last week after "Saturday Night Live" cast member Pete Davidson mocked then-candidate — now Congressman-elect — Dan Crenshaw (R-TX) for wearing an eye patch as the result of an injury he sustained as a military service member.Davidson, in a series of jokes about midterm candidates, said Crenshaw looked like "a hit man in a porno movie." He added: "Sorry. I know he lost his eye in war or whatever."The National Republican Congression Committee condemned the joke, saying: "Pete Davidson and NBC should immediately apologize to Dan, and to the millions of veterans and military families who tune in every weekend — because they're not laughing." Fox News' Laura Ingraham lashed out, saying of Davidson on Twitter: "How long do you think this 'comic' & the writer responsible for this disgrace would last in @us_navyseals training?"It wasn't...
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THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on the shooting at a Southern California bar that left 13 dead, including the gunman (all times local):
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As investigators worked to figure out why an ex-Marine slaughtered 12 people at a country music bar, President Donald Trump on Friday blamed mental illness, describing the gunman as "a very sick puppy" who had "a lot of problems."
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New research highlights the link between childhood trauma and mental illness and addiction in adulthood, leading some researchers to call it an issue as pressing as any infectious disease.
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It was patently obvious that killer Rohinie Bisesar was severely mentally ill. So says Bisesar’s defence lawyer, Robert Karrass, who took part in a Reddit AMA (“Ask Me Anything”) Q&A session on Thursday to shed some light on mental health and the law. Via Reddit, Karrass said it was apparent to the lawyers involved — […]
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2 weeks ago
The leading group of experts on children’s health in the United States has reinforced its guidance against spanking, noting that it is ineffective and puts children at an increased risk of developing mental illnesses or substance abuse disorders.
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The mother of the Florida man accused of mailing 15 pipe bombs to prominent Democrats and other critics of U.S. President Donald Trump said her son had long suffered from mental illness in a letter sent to ABC News, the network reported over the weekend.
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The mother of alleged mail bomber Cesar Sayoc has broken her silence, saying her son has suffered from mental illness “for a long time,” according to a new report. Madeline Sayoc said she was stunned to learn that her 56-year-old son was accused of sending 15 packages containing pipe bombs to notable Democrats, including Hillary...
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James Polite has been charged with hate crimes after the police said he set fires at Jewish schools and wrote words of hate inside a synagogue.
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2 weeks ago
Services vital to helping millions of Americans get healthy and stay alive are at risk in the midterm elections If you are one of the 23 millions Americans in recovery or with a history of addiction, your rights are on the ballot next week. Substance use disorder is a pre-existing condition. Voting to protect your recovery, and promote healthier communities, is key to ending the drug epidemic.Before I became a recovery activist, I spent a decade in active heroin addiction. I’ve lost more than two dozen friends to this disease. Before I got sick, I was a community and political organizer, passionate about making a difference. I know firsthand that grassroots political efforts can impact our laws and our national attitude in significant ways. It’s time to bring that awareness to the stigma of addiction and end the crisis that’s killing our communities.I believe that the answer to ending the addiction crisis is political engagement. That’s why I’m on a mission to register...
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Welcome to Small Humans, an ongoing series at Mashable that looks at how to take care of – and deal with – the kids in your life. Because Dr. Spock is nice and all, but it’s 2018 and we have the entire internet to contend with. There were two words that weren't mentioned at all during the entire 18 years I attended schools in the UK. Mental health. Come to think of it, mental illness wasn't mentioned either. Thankfully for the next generation of young people, that will change.  The government recently announced the introduction of mental health lessons in schools along with "mental health support teams" who will work with young people in schools to help them measure their own mental wellbeing. The government recently published a green paper outlining its plans for schools and its desire to make mental health education a compulsory component of the curriculum in state-funded schools and colleges. By 2025, every school and college in England will have a "designate...
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Society says black men like me are scary as the president helps make minorities a target for white rage. Donald Trump is spearheading a white male movement to take back America — even though white men still own America — and people are dying as a result.Robert Bowers, a 46-year-old white man, was arrested after entering Pittsburgh's Squirrel Hill Tree of Life synagogue during Saturday morning services, armed with an AR-15 rifle and three Glock handguns, and killing 11 people before surrendering. He reportedly told a law enforcement officer, “They’re committing genocide to my people. I just want to kill Jews."Gregory A. Bush, a 51-year-old white man, has been arraigned for the murder of two African Americans, Maurice Stallard, 69, and Vickie Jones, 67, at a Louisville-area Kroger supermarket in Kentucky last Wednesday. Reports say he initially tried to enter a historic black church, First Baptist Church Jeffersontown, after midweek services had ended —...
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Four years ago I published this essay: It predicted the rise of a demagogue, and much of what would follow After the following introduction, this article incorporates the full text of Jim Sleeper’s Salon essay “We, the people are violent and filled with rage: A nation spinning apart on its Independence Day,” originally published July 4, 2014.Possibly nothing annoys readers of journalism more than a columnist or essayist saying, “I told you so.”I told you so. On July 4, 2014, a recent spate of American public massacres prompted me to post the following essay here in Salon. It was long before anyone was ready to blame the mayhem on more than terrorism, mental illness, the traffic in guns or demented white men. I insisted that something worse was in play, something even more dangerous than a particular strain of demagoguery that would mobilize the resentments of white, working-class Americans behind someone more awful than Glenn Beck and Sarah Palin.Immediately after S...
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Mental illness takes many forms, but depression is among the most baffling to family and friends, since the afflicted may be physically healthy and verbally ...
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Despite a law requiring insurers to cover mental illness as a medical issue, many still struggle to get their treatments paid for.
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"I know what mental illness looks like, and I know that if a person is not ready to get help, they won't," Lewis said.
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We can’t let them conceal the motive for the killings, which lead back to Trump. It’s already started. They’re messaging, texting, tweeting, and even calling into my radio/TV show. Breitbart is even bragging that they got it on CNN.“This killing in Pittsburgh has nothing to do with Donald Trump. He’s not an anti-Semite; his daughter converted to Judaism and his grandkids are Jews! How can you blame him for the ‘mentally ill’ guy [a phrase used to describe terrorists only when they’re white]?”But the shooter, by his own words—words that are almost entirely missing from most TV coverage—acted because of what both Trump and Newt Gingrich have said was the main election-year message of Trump and the entire Republican Party: Immigration by people of color.As the terrorist himself posted on social media just a few hours before he walked into the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh with an AR-15, he was going to kill members of a congregation that supported the He...
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ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — A woman who posted bizarre, ranting YouTube videos before she was accused of shooting another woman last year in a New York park has pleaded not guilty by reason of mental illness. The Democrat and Chronicle reports 32-year-old Holly Colino entered the plea Monday in Rochester. She is charged with second-degree […]
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It is not always easy to “make sense” of lone-offender attacks. Lone offender attacks – sometimes called “lone wolf” attacks – make headlines fairly regularly. It’s not just the single shooter killing 11 people at a Pittsburgh synagogue, but also shootings at a Las Vegas music festival and at Washington and Texas shopping centers. In Nice, France; Orlando, Florida; and elsewhere, atrocities committed by individuals apparently acting alone have surprised and concerned the public and authorities alike.Because just one person is at the center of the event, these sorts of attacks can seem more puzzling and be harder to explain than, say, bombings or shootings by organized terrorist groups. That also makes them more difficult to detect and prevent.As law enforcement and military efforts attempt to reduce attacks from organized groups, lone offender attacks may become a more prevalent threat. My colleagues and I have worked to understand what we can about these attacks an...
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A white man with a history of violence and mental illness was recorded on surveillance video apparently trying to get inside a predominantly black church in Kentucky before he went to a grocery store and fatally shot two African-Americans, police said.
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Over at YR (formerly Youth Radio), Desmond Meagley wrote and illustrated a moving, sad, and ultimately hopeful personal story about being committed to the psych ward at age 14. From "5150'd: My Journey Through a Psych Ward": After I had a meltdown in the middle of my sixth grade class, my school gave my family an ultimatum: if I was going to be enrolled there, I also had to be in therapy. Just like that, my struggle to be heard was confined to dimly lit sessions with the school counselor and an outside therapist. I tried to be honest with them, but I was a little too young to grasp what was at the root of my mental health issues. I was also scared of what might happen if I was *too* honest. I was getting used to pushing my mental health aside, believing that I would eventually grow out of my depression and anxiety… even though they were getting worse. That’s the thing about chronic mental illness: you don’t grow out of it. It grows with you, getting smarter, more mature, mo...
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Activist health professionals have sounded the alarm over the situation in Calais, where Doctors of the World claim three quarters of the 500 migrants living in the hope of breaking into Britain are suffering from mental illness.
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JEFFERSONTOWN, Ky. (AP) — A white man with a history of violence and mental illness was recorded on surveillance video apparently trying to get inside a predominantly black church in Kentucky before he went to a grocery store and fatally shot two African-Americans, police said.
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A white man with a history of violence and mental illness was recorded on surveillance video apparently trying to get inside a predominantly black church in Kentucky before he went to a grocery store and fatally shot two African-Americans, police said.
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JEFFERSONTOWN, Ky. (AP) — A white man with a history of violence and mental illness was recorded on surveillance video apparently trying to get inside a predominantly black church in Kentucky before he went to a grocery store and fatally shot two African-Americans, police said. After releasing a photo of the suspect, authorities received a […]
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Charlamagne tha God thinks that everyone should have more empathy for Kanye West. “If somebody is telling us that they suffer from some type of mental illness” — as West has with his bipolar disorder diagnosis — “shouldn’t we be a little more gentle with our approach?” Charlamagne, 40, tells The Post. His new book,...
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October 18th, 2018
A new study may offer hope for sufferers of depression. “Leon” is a young Brazilian man who has long struggled with depression. He keeps an anonymous blog, in Portuguese, where he describes the challenge of living with a mental illness that affects some 300 million people worldwide, according to the World Health Organization.Leon is among the roughly 30 percent of those patients with treatment-resistant depression. Available antidepressant drugs like selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors do not alleviate his depressed mood, fatigue, anxiety, low self-esteem and suicidal thoughts.A new study may offer hope for Leon and others like him. Our team of Brazilian scientists has conducted the first randomized, placebo-controlled clinical trial of ayahuasca – a psychedelic drink made of Amazonian plants. The results, recently published in the journal Psychological Medicine, suggest that ayahuasca can work for hard-to-treat depression. The ‘vine of the spirits’Ayah...
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October 17th, 2018
The Trump administration has welcomed experimental procedures for veterans’ mental health, even though doctors urge caution. Sen. Dean Heller, a Nevada Republican, pushed doctors at the Veterans Affairs medical center in Reno to adopt an experimental mental health treatment marketed by a company with ties to his office.On a Friday night last December in his Reno office, Heller, a member of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee, introduced VA officials to representatives from a health care startup called CereCare. The company markets an “off-label” method of treating addiction and post-traumatic stress, using electromagnetic brain stimulation.The meeting came about because two of CereCare’s partners had a business connection to Heller’s senior aide in Reno. “We’ve known her for years,” one of the partners, Nino Pedrini, said of the aide, Glenna Smith. Pedrini and his partner have a separate joint venture with Smith’s former employer. “This was Glenna reach...
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October 16th, 2018
About one in five adults will experience mental illness in any given year, but only half of them will get treatment. Cost can be a factor. A new program through Bastyr University offers a solution.
October 15th, 2018
Women who suffer from mental illness in India are seen as being useless and a burden on their families
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October 13th, 2018
To his credit, he answered them and tried his best to respond to the tweets from his dad Bob that general manager Elton Brand had labeled "inappropriate and offensive." In one tweet, Bob Muscala called the behavior of the Minnesota Timberwolves' Jimmy Butler "egomaniacal, African American mental illness" (see story). "I just want to say I love my dad," Mike Muscala said. Through no fault of his own, his dad's social media activity is likely the first thing fans will associate with Muscala, at least in the early stages of his Sixers career.
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October 12th, 2018
New novels about road trips, summer jobs and first love as well as darker realities: mental illness, body issues, the threat of gun violence.
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October 12th, 2018
One of the doctors behind the Montreal initiative says a visit to the museum can benefit those with all kinds of conditions — from mental illness and eating disorders to diabetes, high blood pressure and for those in palliative care.
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October 11th, 2018
That night in June 1986 at the old Montreal Forum, Joe Murphy was on top of the world. The big right winger had just been picked first overall in the NHL Entry Draft by the Detroit Red Wings. Now, 32 years later, Murphy’s life is very different from his 15 years in the NHL where […]
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October 10th, 2018
As the CW musical comedy prepares for its final season, the creators Rachel Bloom and Aline Brosh McKenna discuss rom-com tropes, mental illness and saying goodbye to West Covina.
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October 10th, 2018
Millions of Americans are affected by mental health conditions every year, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness. Even if you haven't personally experienced mental illness, chances are you know someone who has.  That's why World Mental Health Day is so important. The annual event was created by the World Federation for Mental Health and this year the organization aims to bring attention to the issues young adults face. To mark the day, YouTube teamed up with several organizations and experts to launch video playlists that explore mental health and wellbeing.  Partners in the project include Bring Change to Mind, Crisis Text Line, Joy Harden Bradford (host of the mental health podcast Therapy for Black Girls) and Evryman (a global community of men that work together to better themselves and challenge traditional masculinity).  Read more...More about Youtube, Mental Health, World Mental Health Day, Mental Health Awareness, and Social Good
October 10th, 2018
The former child actor, most recognisable as the wise-cracking Matilda, speaks to Sabrina Barr about being diagnosed with OCD, depression and panic disorder as a child and the importance of breaking down the stigmas associated with mental health
October 10th, 2018
On World Mental Health Day, Al Jazeera takes a look at Scandinavian countries, which report the happiest populations in the world, but still have high rates of depression and suicide.
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October 9th, 2018
'We've seen a rise in mental illness in young people when we should be seeing a decrease'
October 7th, 2018
Australia has commissioned an inquiry into the impact mental illness has on economic productivity, the government said on Sunday.
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October 7th, 2018
Australia has commissioned an inquiry into the impact mental illness has on economic productivity, the government said on Sunday.
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October 4th, 2018
Best-selling author John Green opens up to 60 Minutes about living with mental illness and how he copes with it. Sunday at 7 p.m. ET/PT on CBS.
September 30th, 2018
The schizophrenic Brooklyn man who went off his meds and fatally tossed his 4-year-old brother off the roof of their apartment building Saturday spent the evening before laughing maniacally for no apparent reason, according the siblings’ grieving mom, who said her slain tot was a “joy” to everyone he met. A tearful Odessa Frith recounted...
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September 27th, 2018
Shedding light on an oft-overlooked subject, “Maggie Black” examines the intersection of pregnancy and mental illness. Actress and screenwriter Jessalyn Maguire brings her own challenges with anxiety and depression to both the lead role and the script, but the good intentions don’t create a good...
September 27th, 2018
Shedding light on an oft-overlooked subject, “Maggie Black” examines the intersection of pregnancy and mental illness. Actress and screenwriter Jessalyn Maguire brings her own challenges with anxiety and depression to both the lead role and the script, but the good intentions don’t create a good...
September 25th, 2018
Attorneys for Billy McFarland, organizer of the fantastically failed "Fyre Festival," are blaming a host of untreated mental health issues, alcoholism and attention deficit disorders for the amazing flop, and asking a judge to be lenient. Via Vulture: Last year’s disastrous Fyre Festival went up in smoke because its organizer has an untreated mental illness — or at least that’s the argument his lawyers are using in court. As Billy McFarland awaits sentencing for fraud, his attorneys are asking that the judge be lenient, citing a psychological evaluation that found the Fyre Festival organizer suffers from untreated bipolar-related disorder, “severe alcohol abuse,” and ADHD, which led him to dupe investors and thousands of attendees into his luxury destination festival. These factors caused McFarland to alter his behavior and experience “delusional beliefs of having special and unique talents that will lead to fame and fortune,” according to the report filed in court last...
September 24th, 2018
Bill Cosby has returned to a Pennsylvania courtroom to face sentencing over his sexual assault conviction – with a psychologist suggesting he is a “sexually violent predator”. The judge must decide whether Cosby will receive the official label, which would mean that the man known as “America’s Dad” would be put on the sex offender’s registry and require him to undergo counselling for life. In April, the 81-year-old actor was convicted on three counts of aggravated indecent assault against ex-basketball player Andrea Constand at his Philadelphia mansion in 2004.
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