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Jun 16, 2011 A Schizophrenic, a Slain Worker, Troubling Questions

QUOTE: Massachusetts, which compared with other states faces a relatively modest budget shortfall of $1.5 billion, is hardly alone in cutting money for mental health care. State mental health departments, serving vulnerable populations with little political clout, almost always get disproportionately squeezed during tough times. During the current fiscal crisis, many states have sharply reduced both inpatient and community-based mental health care.

New York Times
May 02, 2011 Tugging at Threads to Unspool Stories of Torture

QUOTE: The Center for Victims of Torture… has treated 20,000 torture victims from around the world… Iraqis at the center have described being kidnapped, beaten, given electric shocks, raped and burned… The torturers… have included the Iraqi Army, American forces, Saddam Hussein’s henchmen, Al Qaeda in Iraq, and the sectarian groups.

New York Times
Feb 05, 2011 States Struggle to Disarm People Who've Lost Right to Own Guns

QUOTE: Tens of thousands of gun owners, like Mr. Perez, bought their weapons legally but under the law should no longer have them because of subsequent mental health or criminal issues.

New York Times
Jan 14, 2011 Warning signs from a troubled mind: What parents should do

QUOTE: the line between unusual behavior and someone being a true threat is murky. And there aren't many options to detain people who exhibit disturbing behavior but have not committed a crime, experts said....When someone's behavior spirals out of control, the family has to determine whether it's eccentricity or something severe. Some families dismiss the changes as a phase; others are ill-equipped or in denial.

CNN (Cable News Network)
Jan 11, 2011 If You Think Someone Is Mentally Ill: Loughner's Six Warning Signs

QUOTE: In most states, including Arizona, it's predictably difficult to detain someone involuntarily due to mental illness. If he is not deemed an imminent danger to himself or others, as determined by a judge, in almost all cases, treatment will not come without the person in question admitting that they are ill and need help. Even then, there is no guarantee that help will come readily or swiftly.

Time Magazine
May 09, 2010 Fight Erupts Over Rules Issued for ‘Mental Health Parity’ Insurance Law

QUOTE: Insurance companies and employer groups are lobbying the White House to delay and rework the rules on “mental health parity.” Insurers and many employers supported the 2008 law, but they say the rules go far beyond the intent of Congress and would cripple their cost-control techniques while raising out-of-pocket costs for some patients.

New York Times
Mar 21, 2010 Texts Without Context

QUOTE: a concern with how digital media are reshaping our political and social landscape, molding art and entertainment, even affecting the methodology of scholarship and research. They examine the consequences of the fragmentation of data that the Web produces, as news articles, novels and record albums are broken down into bits and bytes; the growing emphasis on immediacy and real-time responses; the rising tide of data and information that permeates our lives; and the emphasis that blogging and partisan political Web sites place on subjectivity.

New York Times
May 13, 2009 Counseling Was Ordered for Soldier in Iraq Shooting

QUOTE: When the officer ordered Sergeant Russell to undergo counseling and relinquish his weapon — a major rebuke in the military — he became nervous that the Army was “setting him” up to be discharged, Mr. Russell said.

New York Times
Jun 08, 2008 As Teenagers Leave Group Homes, a Challenge Placing Those Who Remain

QUOTE: Some child-welfare experts are worried they may soon be unable to recruit enough qualified foster parents, while others say the city has moved too slowly in putting support systems in place to help these older children flourish in private homes.

New York Times
May 13, 2008 Suicides Point to Gaps in Treatment: Errors in Psychiatric Diagnoses and Drugs Plague Strained Immigration System ("Careless Detention" part 3 of 4)

QUOTE: While tens of thousands of detainees inside immigration detention centers endure substandard medical care, people with mental illness are relegated to the darkest and most neglected corners of the system, according to interviews and thousands of internal documents, including e-mails, memos, autopsy reports and other medical records, obtained by The Washington Post.

Washington Post
Apr 22, 2008 Inexact Copies: How Generics Differ From Brand Names

QUOTE: consumers and physicians are increasingly concerned as cost pressures push more patients away from brand-name drugs. At the same time, the globalization of pharmaceutical manufacturing has revealed regulatory lapses. By law, generics must have the same active ingredient and the same action as the brand-name version, which allows them to piggyback on the original safety and efficacy trials. But generics do have different inactive ingredients, which can affect how they are absorbed into the body.

Wall Street Journal, The (WSJ)
Nov 28, 2007 A Hoax Turned Fatal Draws Anger but No Charges

QUOTE: In response to the events, the local Board of Aldermen on Wednesday unanimously passed a measure making Internet harassment a misdemeanor punishable by up to a $500 fine and 90 days in jail.

New York Times
Nov 27, 2007 Lawyers step up to help veterans gratis

QUOTE: The approach marks the first time since the Civil War that attorneys have been recruited in large numbers to represent veterans. The lawyers hope their legal expertise will speed consideration of claims and result in better benefits for veterans, Stichman says.

Oct 11, 2007 Report Recounts Horrors of Youth Boot Camps

QUOTE: Reports of abuse of troubled young people in privately run boot camps and other residential treatment centers are widespread, with examples numbering in the thousands, according to a federal report released Wednesday. The report also found that managers of these programs, which are largely unregulated, faced little or no punishment for their actions.

New York Times
Sep 10, 2007 Va. Studies Directives Giving the Mentally Ill A Say in Their Care

QUOTE: a legal document known as a psychiatric advance directive, which is designed to instruct health-care professionals, family members and friends about how mentally ill patients are to be cared for when they are incapacitated....In some states the instructions can be revoked by someone going through a psychotic crisis, and in some cases doctors can override a patient's wishes. In addition, some say the documents promote inequality and discrimination by highlighting a mental illness apart from broader health issues...

Washington Post
Sep 04, 2007 Bipolar Soars as Diagnosis for the Young

QUOTE: Other experts say bipolar disorder is overdiagnosed. The term, the critics say, has become a catchall applied to almost any explosive, aggressive child. After children are classified, the experts add, they are treated with powerful psychiatric drugs that have few proven benefits in children and potentially serious side effects like rapid weight gain.

New York Times
Sep 02, 2007 Va. Tech Report May Signal Tough Choices on Reforms: Fixes to State's Mental Health System Could Cost Tens of Millions

QUOTE: Buried deep in the review panel's report on the massacre at Virginia Tech is a finding that many mental health professionals already knew quite clearly: The state's system for treating the mentally ill "has major gaps in its entirety."

Washington Post
Aug 28, 2007 Sex-offender therapy is behind the times: Still hasn't proved it can stop offenders

QUOTE: Velez and Adhahn offer glimpses into the conflicted world of sex-offender therapy. Despite inconsistent research findings on the subject, sex-offender treatment is not only a fixture in criminal justice, but also a burgeoning field, with the number of certified therapists more than doubling statewide in the last 10 years.

Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Aug 21, 2007 Criticism of a Gender Theory, and a Scientist Under Siege

QUOTE: In his book, [J. Michael Bailey] argued that some people born male who want to cross genders are driven primarily by an erotic fascination with themselves as women… scientists praised the book as a compelling explanation of the science… [but] transgender women found the tone of the book abusive…

New York Times
Jul 15, 2007 How racism hurts -- literally

QUOTE: More than 100 studies -- most published since 2000 -- now document the effects of racial discrimination on physical health .... Most striking, researchers note, is how consistent the findings have been across a wide range of studies. The task now, they say, is to discover why.

Boston Globe
Jun 18, 2007 Little Relief on Ward 53: At Walter Reed, Care for Soldiers Struggling With War's Mental Trauma Is Undermined by Doctor Shortages and Unfocused Methods

QUOTE: For amputees, the nation's top Army hospital offers state-of-the-art prosthetics and physical rehab programs... [but] Nothing so gleaming exists for soldiers with diagnoses of post-traumatic stress disorder...

Washington Post
Jun 17, 2007 Va. Reviews Mental Health Reforms: Agencies Look at System Overhaul After Va. Tech Shootings

QUOTE: Three separate bodies spanning all branches of state government are considering some of the most sweeping changes to the system in more than a generation .... But some lawmakers… said changes to the law could infringe on the civil rights of the mentally ill.

Washington Post
Jun 14, 2007 Confusion Over Laws Impedes Aid For Mentally Ill: U.S. Panel Reports on Va. Tech; House Passes Gun-Control Bill

QUOTE: Because school administrators, doctors and police officials rarely share information about students and others who have mental illnesses, troubled people don't get the counseling they need, and authorities are often unable to prevent them from buying handguns, the report says.

Washington Post
Apr 27, 2007 When a student's in trouble, should parents know?: US privacy laws prevent counselors from informing parents of danger signs. But many say they should know if their young adult children – or their roo

QUOTE: If their offspring has stalked a peer or stayed in a mental-health clinic or been watched for suicidal inclinations at college, they want to know. Immediately. Yet parents may be among the last people to be told of any concerns. Because of strict confidentiality laws, such problems cannot be reported to parents – or roommates or others close to a young adult in trouble.

Christian Science Monitor
Apr 20, 2007 Colleges walk fine line with troubled students: The tragedy at Virginia Tech has prompted calls for more security and less privacy.

QUOTE: It's an issue colleges have confronted before: the extent to which they should be expected to foresee and take responsibility for their students' actions. The debate arises in the wake of student suicides or assaults that parents may believe could have been prevented. It pits safety against the protections of privacy and disability law – and can leave schools unsure how to act. This week's shootings at Virginia Tech...

Christian Science Monitor
Apr 17, 2007 Does death penalty ever apply to those found insane?: The US Supreme Court hears Wednesday the case of a killer who may not grasp the tie between his crime and his punishment.

QUOTE: There is universal agreement in the United States that an individual convicted of a capital crime who is mentally incompetent may not be executed. To do so would violate the Constitution's ban on cruel and unusual punishments. But just how mentally ill does a defendant have to be to trigger that broadly accepted Eighth Amendment prohibition?

Christian Science Monitor
Mar 07, 2007 It's Not Just Walter Reed: Still more ways Bush is screwing returning vets.

QUOTE: The scandals and shortfalls in the military's health-care system stem from the same sensibility that produced the scandals and shortfalls in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. It is the Bush administration's sensibility of denial—its willful disinclination to face war's true cost (in all senses of the word) and its readiness to use bookkeeping tricks to perpetuate the deception.

Jan 30, 2007 Uighurs' Detention Conditions Condemned: Lawyers' Complaint Part of Effort to Get Expedited Review

QUOTE: Chinese Uighurs who have been imprisoned for the past month at a new state-of-the-art detention camp at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, are being held around the clock in near-total isolation, a circumstance their lawyers say is rapidly degrading their mental health....By 2005, U.S. military review panels determined that five of the 18 captured Uighurs were "no longer enemy combatants," but they continued to be held at the Guantanamo Bay prison until their release last year. The panels did not reach that conclusion about the other 13, though all had given similar accounts of their activities during the reviews...

Washington Post
Jan 29, 2007 Psychiatric System Crunch Worsens: Waits for Beds Increasingly Exceed Md.'s Legal Maximum

QUOTE: "Because of a shortage of beds at Maryland psychiatric hospitals, a growing number of patients, including many who are involuntarily committed, are spending days in emergency rooms, often in violation of a state law that mandates that they be placed at a comprehensive care facility within 30 hours of commitment, heath-care officials and patient advocates say."

Washington Post
Jan 19, 2007 Cover Story: Is There a Post-Abortion Syndrome?

QUOTE: '...Waxman’s office investigated some of the crisis pregnancy centers and found that when women there asked about abortion’s health effects, 20 of 23 centers gave out false information. At 13 centers, this included characterizing the psychological effects of abortion as “severe, long-lasting and common.”'

New York Times
Nov 14, 2006 Caught in the Web

QUOTE: "The Web site for Orzack's center lists the following among the psychological symptoms of computer addiction: · Lying to employers and family about activities. · Inability to stop the activity. · Problems with school or job."

Washington Post
Nov 08, 2006 Insurer Sued for Refusing to Pay Costs of Anorexia

QUOTE: Insurers have balked at covering mental illnesses that they say do not have a proven physiological basis.

New York Times
Nov 06, 2006 Psychologist Shortage Puts Mentally Ill Out on Street

QUOTE: "Severely mentally ill people in Fairfax County whose families are trying to get them emergency help are being released without receiving treatment -- or even a hearing -- because there are not enough independent psychologists to examine them."

Washington Post
Oct 09, 2006 Mother Tries to Unadopt, Citing Boy's Troubled Past: Mother Says Caseworkers Failed to Disclose Child's Stormy History

QUOTE: taking the highly unusual step of trying to unadopt him....[The adoptive mother--Ed.] said she did not know he had lived in five foster homes since he was 16 months old. Nor that his alcohol- and drug-addicted biological parents had physically abused him...

Washington Post
Sep 30, 2006 In Russia, Psychiatry Is Again a Tool Against Dissent

QUOTE: Soviet-style forced psychiatry has reemerged in Russia as a weapon to intimidate or discredit citizens who tangle with the authorities, according to human rights activists and some mental health professionals. Despite major reforms in the early 1990s, some officials are again employing this form of repression.

Washington Post
Aug 21, 2006 Dark Corners: From Their Own Online World, Pedophiles Extend Their Reach

QUOTE: What started online almost two decades ago as a means of swapping child pornography has transformed into a more complex and diversified community...pedophiles go online to seek tips for getting near children...They portray themselves as battling for children’s rights to engage in sex with adults, a fight they liken to the civil rights movement.

New York Times
Jul 17, 2006 Bush Administration Plans Medicare Changes

QUOTE: The Bush administration says it plans sweeping changes in Medicare payments to hospitals that could cut payments by 20 percent to 30 improve the accuracy of payment rates...the effects could be devastating.

New York Times
Jun 16, 2006 Suicide-Risk Tests for Teens Debated

QUOTE: A growing number of U.S. schools are screening teenagers for suicidal tendencies or signs of mental illness, triggering a debate between those who seek to reduce the toll of youthful suicides and others who say the tests are unreliable and intrude on family privacy.

Washington Post
May 31, 2006 Abuse, Deaths in D.C. Group Homes Detailed: Citing Scaldings and Starvation, Filing Urges Court to Hold City in Contempt

QUOTE: Newly filed court papers give vivid and startling details about the extent of abuse -- from severe scaldings to fatal starvation -- that mentally and physically disabled residents have endured in some of the District's group homes.

Washington Post
Mar 10, 2006 GWU Suit Prompts Questions Of Liability: School Barred Depressed Student

QUOTE: "College administrators are talking about it and looking for guidance. . . . Some have decided that the safest thing to do is to get rid of these kids, if someone talks about suicide, or looks depressed."

Washington Post
Mar 08, 2006 New York Puts Mental Patients in Homes Illegally, Groups Say

QUOTE: ...the nursing homes do little more than medicate the mentally ill residents...the state has also sent large numbers of people from mental hospitals to nursing homes, and it has been accused of doing so as a way to save money.

New York Times
Feb 28, 2006 Beyond Rivalry, a Hidden World of Sibling Violence

QUOTE: Siblings have been trading blows since God first played favorites...This casual, intimate violence can be as mild as a shoving match and as savage as an attack with a baseball bat....Although some of the attacks may have been fleeting and harmless, more than a third were troubling on their face.

New York Times
Feb 06, 2006 Stability of Mentally Ill Shaken By Medicare Drug Plan Problems: Some Prescription Denials Have Heightened Distress

QUOTE: Since the prescription program made its debut Jan. 1, some of the estimated 2 million mentally ill Americans covered because they receive both Medicare and Medicaid have gone without the drugs that keep their delusions, paranoia, anxieties or stress in check. Mental health service providers and advocacy organizations nationwide say they worry that scores are at high risk of relapse. Numerous people have been hospitalized.

Washington Post
Dec 27, 2005 A Political Debate On Stress Disorder: As Claims Rise, VA Takes Stock

QUOTE: The spiraling cost of post-traumatic stress disorder among war veterans has triggered a politically charged debate and ignited fears that the government is trying to limit expensive benefits for emotionally scarred troops returning from Iraq and Afghanistan.

Washington Post
Dec 10, 2005 Psychiatry Ponders Whether Extreme Bias Can Be an Illness

QUOTE: Mental health practitioners say they regularly confront extreme forms of racism, homophobia and other prejudice in the course of therapy, and that some patients are disabled by these beliefs. As doctors increasingly weigh the effects of race and culture on mental illness, some are asking whether pathological bias ought to be an official psychiatric diagnosis.

Washington Post
Nov 30, 2005 Drugmakers Win Exemption in House Budget-Cutting Bill

QUOTE: The provision -- inserted by Rep. Steve Buyer (R-Ind.), whose district flanks Lilly's Indianapolis headquarters -- would largely exempt antipsychotic and antidepressant medications from a larger measure designed to steer Medicaid patients to the least expensive treatment options.

Washington Post
Nov 29, 2005 4 Deaths in D.C. Group Homes Raise Concerns About Neglect

QUOTE: The District government is failing to provide adequate care for mentally and physically disabled residents in its group homes, according to a court monitor who found that a pattern of neglect led to four deaths in the past year.

Washington Post
Nov 18, 2005 Detainee's Conditions Upheld: Suicidal Prisoner Being Treated Humanely, U.S. Lawyers Say

QUOTE: Government lawyers contend that Jumah Dossari, a suicidal detainee held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, has been receiving appropriate mental health care and has "adequate" amounts of human interaction, exercise and intellectual stimulation

Washington Post
Nov 15, 2005 A Self-Effacing Scholar Is Psychiatry's Gadfly

QUOTE: Dr. David Healy, a psychiatrist at the University of Cardiff and a vocal critic of his profession's overselling of psychiatric drugs, has achieved a rare kind of scientific celebrity: he is internationally known as both a scholar and a pariah.

New York Times
Nov 14, 2005 Medical Experts Debate Role In Facilitating Interrogations

QUOTE: Although the Bush administration has asserted that it does not condone or practice torture, articles in prominent medical forums such as the New England Journal of Medicine have said that doctors and behavioral scientists have violated ethical norms while interrogating terrorism suspects at the behest of the U.S. government and become "complicit in torture."

Washington Post

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