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Maybe We Need a Better Name for Depression

It's too easily dismissed by the ignorant, say experts

(Newser) - Given the number of people calling Robin Williams "selfish" or even cowardly in the wake of his suicide, it's clear that the clinical condition of depression remains widely misunderstood, writes Dean Burnett at the Guardian . It "could really use a different name," he writes, because lots... More »

Rikers Guards Beat Mentally Ill Inmates With Impunity

Times discovers that 129 were injured over 11 months

(Newser) - Guards at Rikers Island don't just neglect the mentally ill or let them bake to death , they also routinely brutally beat them, often without suffering any repercussions, a New York Times investigation has discovered. The Times uncovered a secret report compiled by a city department this year that found... More »

Lawsuit: Mental Hospital Held Sane Man for 20 Years

John Montin was misdiagnosed as delusional, doctor says

(Newser) - A man who says he was never mentally ill is suing doctors who kept him in a Nebraska psychiatric ward for nearly 20 years, the AP reports. John Montin, 52, is seeking roughly $33 million in damages and lost wages, saying doctors incorrectly diagnosed him as delusional and gave him... More »

3.5K Dead and Forgotten Mental Patients Now Honored

Cremated remains were found decade ago at Oregon State Hospital

(Newser) - They were dubbed the "forgotten souls"—the cremated remains of thousands who came through the doors of Oregon's state mental hospital, died there and whose ashes were abandoned inside 3,500 copper urns . Discovered a decade ago at the decrepit Oregon State Hospital, where One Flew Over ... More »

Military Working on Brain Chip to Fight Mental Illness

DARPA: 'We think that we have to go well beyond what is currently available'

(Newser) - The US military's research division is turning its considerable might against one of the military's most persistent foes: mental illness . The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency today announced a $26 million effort to develop a brain implant that could treat things like PTSD, anxiety, and depression. "At... More »

Inmate Died After Week Alone in Rikers Cell

Mental health staffers failed to look in on Bradley Ballard as he acted out

(Newser) - Rikers Island might just have a problem with inmates who are mentally ill. A 39-year-old man was found naked and unresponsive on the floor of his cell after being left there, alone, for seven straight days, while being denied some of his medication, an AP report out today reveals. Bradley... More »

Homeless Vet 'Basically Baked to Death' in NY Jail

Riker's Island having trouble with mental illness, violence

(Newser) - Guards at Rikers Island are supposed to check on mentally ill inmates every 15 minutes. But when Jerome Murdough was booked for sleeping on a housing project roof, he was left unattended long enough to keel over dead from overheating, the AP revealed today. The former Marine was left alone... More »

Mom Spoke of Demons Before Driving Into Ocean

Ebony Wilkerson told police she was fleeing abusive ex-husband

(Newser) - The details surrounding how a pregnant mother managed to plow her minivan into the ocean with three kids on board just got more bizarre: Police say they pulled Ebony Wilkerson over hours before the incident after her sister reported that she was "not all here," NBC News reports.... More »

Almost 20% of Soldiers Had Mental Illness Before Enlisting

Trio of studies underscores problems in screening process

(Newser) - Three new studies raise questions about how well the military screens its recruits, finding that almost 20% of US soldiers had a common mental illness before enlisting in the Army. The studies were commissioned after the recent surge in military suicides , and they find that most soldiers with suicidal tendencies... More »

Older Dad? Mental Illness Risk Goes Up

But study shouldn't discourage older dads, experts say

(Newser) - Are older dads more likely to have troubled children? A wide-ranging new study suggests yes, linking older fathers to an increased risk of a wide range of mental disorders as well as lower grades in school and a higher risk of drug problems. Children born to 45-year-old fathers were more... More »

Creigh Deeds: As Son Stabbed Me, I Told Him I Loved Him

Talks about son Gus' struggle with mental illness with Anderson Cooper

(Newser) - Creigh Deeds saw his son walking across the yard toward him as he fed the animals in the family barn last November. "Hey bud, how'd you sleep?" Deeds said, waving. But just moments later, "I turned my back, and I took it twice in the back" as... More »

Creigh Deeds Introduces Mental Health Bills

7 weeks after son stabbed him, killed self

(Newser) - Seven weeks after Gus Deeds stabbed father Creigh and then fatally shot himself, the Virginia state senator has introduced three bills intended to improve the state's mental health system. On Nov. 18, Gus Deeds was released from an emergency custody order for a mental health evaluation, because no psychiatric... More »

Why the Mentally Ill Are Allowed to Own Guns

Federal, state laws won't budge on the issue

(Newser) - Mentally ill, and legally armed? America's latest gun-rights debate revealed a little-known loophole: that the mentally ill can often keep their guns, even after making violent threats, the New York Times reports. Most states abide by federal law, which requires guns to be confiscated only after someone has been... More »

Pitfall of Working for Amazon: Mental Illness?

BBC investigation finds fulfillment center conditions could increase risk

(Newser) - It's just about that most wonderful time of the year: for holiday shoppers, and for Amazon, which CNN last month reported would be hiring 70,000 seasonal workers to beef up the staffing at its more than 40 US fulfillment centers. Last year, thousands of these workers were converted... More »

Big Changes Coming to Mental Health Coverage

New rules require mental illnesses to be treated like physical ones

(Newser) - Kathleen Sebelius will reveal a new set of insurance parity rules today that require insurers to treat mental illness just as they would any physical illness, The Hill reports. The regulations will affect the majority of Americans with insurance, and among other things, they will ensure soldiers with traumatic brain... More »

It's About Mental Illness, Not Gun Laws

Aaron Alexis didn't get the care he needed: Charles Krauthammer

(Newser) - Don't blame the Navy Yard shooting on gun laws, blame it on the fact that Aaron Alexis didn't get the treatment for his mental illness that he so desperately needed, writes Charles Krauthammer in the Washington Post . Only a month prior, Alexis complained to the police about hearing... More »

Navy Yard Gunman Had Been 'Hearing Voices'

And he had a 'pattern of misbehavior' in the military

(Newser) - Aaron Alexis, who is now believed to have been the only shooter behind yesterday's Navy Yard massacre , suffered from serious mental issues, including paranoia and a sleep disorder, and had been hearing voices in his head, sources tell the AP . Alexis also suffered from PTSD, his father told investigators,... More »

In One Fight With Bipolar Disorder, a Loss of Self

A patient learns that mental-health experts ignore identity

(Newser) - Bipolar disorder sent Linda Logan on a terrifying journey in her thirties. A budding writer and mother of three, she was hospitalized several times with the illness and found herself losing all sense of identity. "I was stripped of my identity as wife, mother, teacher, and writer and transformed... More »

Nevada Bused 1.5K Mentally Ill to Other States

State officials defend policy, but critics say dangerous for patients

(Newser) - States all over America are wrestling with what to do about the tough, enduring, and expensive problem of mental illness. But Nevada came up with an innovative solution—bus them out of state. Since 2008, Nevada's top mental hospital has shipped out 1,500 people, sending at least one... More »

Hannibal Lecter Mask Seized From Stabbing Suspect

Dylan Quick says he fantasized about cannibalism since age 8

(Newser) - It sounds like the Texas student accused of stabbing 14 classmates on Tuesday was even more unbalanced than police first realized. Dylan Quick told investigators he has fantasized about cannibalism, necrophilia, and cutting off people's faces and wearing them like masks since age eight, reports KHOU-TV . Police also said... More »

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