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Mental illness: Is it organ dysfunction like any other?

I often get referrals from the town’s free clinic.  As you would imagine, the patients often have a unique set of problems, coming as they do from the underserved segment of society. One such patient, Julia, was a fiftyish-year-old woman who had recently moved to town from California. She went to the free clinic (not […]

Why We Fight Our Mental Illness

Sometimes our mental illness can feel more like a fight than a struggle. It can be like kind of perpetual challenge where only one victor can remain standing, the war with our thoughts and emotions can feel like a one-sided battle where our mental illness always has the upper hand. When we feel angry we try to push it […]

Why There Is No Quick Fix For Mental Illness

There is this misconception that mental illness is something which is fixed. Like a light bulb that simply switches off in our mind, all our pain and worry dissipates into a void where it no longer has significance in lives We do not know exactly how it will happen, however it is an idea that we […]

Germanwings Crash Exposes History of Denial on Risk of Pilot Suicide

yesterdayNews : NYTimes: News

In the days after Andreas Lubitz flew himself and 149 others into a mountainside, investigations have exposed weaknesses throughout the airline industry in dealing with mental illness among pilots.

Mentally Ill Prisoners

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Some People Are Easily Terrorized

Whoa, folks, Miss Lindsey Graham thinks our Doug should have been shot out of the sky (glad you weren’t, Doug) because he could be mentally ill (unlike most everyone else on Capitol Hill?). Or radically Islamic. Miss Lindsey must have been frightened right out of his crinoline. Tweet

It's Time To Stop Using These Phrases When It Comes To Mental Illness

2 days agoNews : Huffington Post

Research by the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy shows the loaded words used to describe drug addiction, such as "clean" vs. "dirty," can actually drive people away from getting help, The Huffington Post reported in...Show More Summary

British politician suggests mentally ill wear wristband IDs

3 days agoNews : NY Daily News

Chamali Fernando, a conservative party member and parliamentary candidate for Cambridge, suggested the controversial tactic during a Monday campaign event in Cambridge.

One-Third of Dutch Doctors are Willing to Euthanize Mentally Ill Patients

Whoa! Don’t tell me that euthanasia doesn’t lead off a vertical moral cliff: A recent survey of Netherlander MD general practitioners found that very high percentages would kill cancer patients, and 1/3 would be willing to euthanize the mentally ill. From the PsychCentral story: For mental illness, only 34 percent would consider helping the patient […]

Mentally Ill in a High-Stakes Job

In medicine, law, and aviation—and other fields responsible for people's lives and livelihoods—strict regulations attempt to promote safety, but may discourage people from getting the help they need.

Treating mental illness should be about quality, not cost

To the editor: The tragic account of the Hernandez family, whose son Aaron awaits trial for attempted murder and animal cruelty, is a situation all too familiar to people with a mentally ill relative. ("The nightmare outcome of a son's mental illness," April 13)

Missouri Executes Mentally Ill Black Man Convicted by All-White Jury

The state of Missouri executed its third death row inmate so far this year, after the US Supreme Court turned down a clemency petition on Tuesday evening.

Our Mother's Day Wish: Stop Killing Our Children

Imagine your life as the mother of a grown child. A grown black man. Maybe he has some issues: difficulty finding a job, mental illness, a minor record of police encounters. Perhaps he is behind on child support payments. But he is on his own, as our society says he is supposed to be. Show More Summary

Missouri Execution: Andre Cole Executed Despite Claims Of Mental Illness

A Missouri execution proceeded as planned, despite claims that the inmate was mentally ill. Andre Cole, 52, was convicted in the 1998 murder of Anthony Curtis. Although he was sentenced to death, attorney Joseph Luby argued that his client was mentally unfit for execution. Show More Summary

Saudis Behead Mentally Ill Woman

And these are our allies. Efforts by President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo to secure reprieves for hundreds of Indonesians on death row in overseas prisons met a sudden setback on Tuesday with the unexpected execution of a mentally ill Indonesian worker in Saudi Arabia. The Foreign Ministry announced that migrant worker Siti Zaenab Duhri Rupa was [...]

Jakarta Protests Execution of Mentally Ill Indonesian in Saudi Arabia

The Indonesian government filed a protest with the Saudi Arabian government over the execution of a mentally ill Indonesian woman without announcing the time and place, Indonesia's Foreign Ministry said.

Should Businesses Cover Mental Health Treatments?

More and more cases of mental health issues are popping up across the United States. In fact, 15 percent of all diseases in North America are attributed to mental illness, and a large portion of these are due to workplace stressors. Many insurance policies don't cover mental health treatments, but maybe they should. Show More Summary

These states leave the most mentally ill adults untreated. Guess what else they have in common.

The politics of Obamacare have produced a geographic divide in mental health care. Uninsured, low-income Americans in the east, mid-Atlantic and Pacific are receiving more treatment through the Medicaid expansion, while those in the south and central U.S. are not, according to a new report. Nearly 568,000 uninsured people who have been diagnosed with a […]

Mental Health Stigma Creates a Double Life

We all know that people with mental illnesses are treated differently and in some cases even discriminated against.  However, another issue is that due to this treatment many times those of us who have a mental illness begin to live a double life. Show More Summary

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