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Drug Addiction Viewed Far More Negatively Than Mental Illness

1 hour agoHealth / Addiction : The Fix

A recent survey showing negative attitudes toward addicts raises questions over whether it's viewed as a disease or personal flaw.

Treatment of substance abuse can lessen risk of future violence in mentally ill

If a person is dually diagnosed with a severe mental illness and a substance abuse problem, are improvements in their mental health or in their substance abuse most likely to reduce the risk of future violence? A new study suggests that reducing substance abuse has a greater influence in reducing violent acts by patients with severe mental illness.

Man pleads no contest to fatal stabbing near Hollywood Walk of Fame

A 27-year-old mentally ill man on trial in the fatal stabbing of a woman near the Hollywood Walk of Fame pleaded no contest Tuesday to involuntary manslaughter, according to the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office.

Man pleads no contest to fatal stabbing near Hollywood Walk of Fame

20 hours agoSports / Baseball : Dodgers Now

A 27-year-old mentally ill man on trial in the fatal stabbing of a woman near the Hollywood Walk of Fame pleaded no contest Tuesday to involuntary manslaughter, according to the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office.

VIDEO: Father Tried to Decapitate His Girlfriend and Their 7-Year-Old Daughter As He Fatally Stabbed Them in Their Home

It’s always a big risk living with someone who has a history of violent mental illness. That’s the decision that Ania Kosinska made though, and tragically, she ended up paying

Sen. Dan Patrick’s Medical Records Aren’t Subjects for Debate

When it comes to voting decisions, the fact that Dan Patrick has sought help to treat mental illness is irrelevant. Yet many progressive supporters are still gleefully sharing his records. Image: KERAPublicMedia via YouTube The post Sen. Dan Patrick’s Medical Records Aren’t Subjects for Debate appeared first on RH Reality Check.

Treatment of Substance Abuse Can Lessen Risk of Future Violence in Mentally Ill

A new study from the University at Buffalo Research Institute on Addictions (RIA) suggests that reducing substance abuse has a greater influence in reducing violent acts by patients with severe mental illness.

Public feels more negative toward drug addicts than mentally ill

People are significantly more likely to have negative attitudes toward those suffering from drug addiction than those with mental illness, and don't support insurance, housing, and employment policies that benefit those dependent on drugs, new Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health research suggests. read more

Rikers Guards Who Hogtied, Beat Mentally Ill Man May Actually Be Fired

The guards at Rikers Island are notoriously violent toward inmates—especially mentally ill ones —and it's relatively rare that even documented beatings result in punishment for those responsible. That's why it's a surprising, encouraging development that a judge recommended the termination of six employees this week. Read more...

US military making progress reducing stigma tied to seeking help for mental illness

The U.S. Department of Defense has made progress in reducing the stigma associated with seeking help for mental illnesses such as depression and post-traumatic stress disorder, but more improvement is still needed, according to a new RAND Corporation study. read more

The Old Amanda Bynes Is Back

I gave Amanda Bynes‘ parents a lot of shit about their conservatorship because they seemed to be more concerned about her money and a little too quick to blame everything on weed instead of admitting she has a severe mental illness. However, to their credit, they did manage to keep her under wraps without a Read More...

Judge Urges Firing for Officers Who Dragged, Hog Tied & Brutalized Mentally Ill Inmate at Rikers Island

An administrative law judge in New York has taken the extraordinary step of recommending that six corrections officers at Rikers Island prison be fired for dragging, hog-tying and brutalizing a mentally ill African-American inmate.

Transgenderism Is A Mental Illness, Not A Civil Rights Issue

My latest Townhall column is called, Transgenderism Is A Mental Illness, Not A Civil Rights Issue. Here’s an excerpt from the column. If someone came to a doctor and asked

You Don't Look Sick and Other Lies

I want a better life for those of us living with mental illness. I want to see a world where we can talk about the symptoms of depression without shame, without guilt, and most importantly without fear of being judged as weak or less than. read more

Words are not Things

I have struggled with using the phrase “mental illness” in my writing for as long as I've been publishing about disorders of the psyche. It is not a good term. It conveys only the most general kind of meaning. And it does not do justice to the fact that mental health disorders come in practically limitless shapes, depths, and colors. read more

‘I’ll Shoot Him In The Penis': Cop Who Shot James Boyd In Back Made Explicit Threat Hours Earlier

Two hours before James Boyd, a homeless man suffering from mental illness, was shot in the back and killed by Albuquerque, New Mexico, police on March 16, the officer accused of killing the 38-year-old Boyd was recorded telling another officer he planned to shoot Boyd “in the penis” with a shotgun. Show More Summary

The Heartbreak of Mental Illness

I was talking to a friend the other day who is a clinician at a home for people with mental illness, and I told her I know what it’s like to suffer. She said something that struck a chord, though: she said she thought it was more a case of heartbreak than anything else. I […]

Autopsy Reports North Carolina Inmate Died Of Thirst After 35 Days In Solitary Confinement

A North Carolina inmate suffering from mental illness died of thirst after being held in solitary confinement for 35 days, ABC News reports. On March 12, Michael Anthony Kerr, 54-years-old, was found unresponsive at the back of a van...Show More Summary

Buggin’ Out

Sociology journal Transition has a fascinating article giving a history of the surprisingly frequent appearance of schizophrenia in rap music. In psychiatric circles, schizophrenia is considered a serious mental illness that causes delusions, hallucinations, and social withdrawal. Show More Summary

7 Ways that Exercise is Bad for You and Antidotes for Each

Though exercise is generally good for your mental and physical health, these 7 surprising ill effects can have the opposite effect. Fortunately, there's a remedy for each one. read more

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