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Autopsy Report Reveals Cause of Death for Naomi Judd

Naomi Judd died by suicide with a firearm, as her family had previously indicated

(Newser) - Update: In a confirmation of what Naomi Judd's family has told the public, a newly released autopsy report indicates she killed herself with a firearm, per the AP . The report, which is considered public record in Tennessee, also showed multiple prescription drugs in her system used to treat various...

Scott Adams Offers Eyebrow- Raising Take on Troubled Young Men

'Dilbert' creator sees only 2 options available: 'murder your own son or watch him die'

(Newser) - Scott Adams has had controversial takes on gun violence before, but his latest one, on the Highland Park mass shooting , is spurring backlash from those speaking on mental health illness and addiction. The 65-year-old creator of the Dilbert cartoon strip posted an eyebrow-raising series of tweets on Wednesday that discussed...

Mentally Ill Man Asphyxiated in Police Car

Officers in Brazil 'turned a car into a gas chamber,' activist says

(Newser) - Anger and protests in Brazil have followed the death of a Black man who was gassed in police custody. After a traffic stop, officers in the city of Umbaúba put the man in the back of a police car, then set off a gas grenade, the Guardian reports. "...

Video of Chained Woman Sparks Outrage in China

Officials in China's Jiangsu province say they're investigating her husband

(Newser) - Chinese citizens are demanding action in response to a video spreading online that shows a woman chained by her neck to the wall of an open shack. She had no coat, despite it being winter, and a bowl of food on the table next to her looked to have frozen...

Man Who Threatened to Kill Trump Gets 9 Years

Gary Gravelle is a 'sick man,' lawyer says

(Newser) - A Connecticut man with a history of mental illness has been sentenced to nine years in prison for a series of threats—including one to kill former President Trump. Gary Joseph Gravelle, 53, has been incarcerated since 2018, when he sent a threatening letter to the then-president with a white...

18% of COVID Survivors Diagnosed With Mental Illness

And that's just within 3 months of positive test, per a new study

(Newser) - New research suggests the coronavirus takes a toll on a person's mental health as well as their physical health, with 18% of people diagnosed with a psychiatric disorder within 90 days of testing positive for COVID-19. That compares to about 13% of those who suffered from the flu or...

Van Gogh's Deliriums Tied to Alcohol Withdrawal
Van Gogh's Deliriums
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Van Gogh's Deliriums Tied to Alcohol Withdrawal

Forced withdrawal in hospital may have triggered 'unbearable hallucinations'

(Newser) - More than a century after his death, people remain fascinated with Vincent Van Gogh's life, particularly the last few years , which were marked by mental illness. Indeed, a new study focusing on that most-productive period suggests he didn't have schizophrenia but may have been suffering from delirium linked...

Cop Shoots 13-Year-Old Boy Suffering Mental Episode

Police said they were told he made threats with a weapon; mother disputes that

(Newser) - Salt Lake City police received a call about a boy having a "psychological episode" before an officer shot the boy multiple times. "No matter the circumstances, what happened on Friday night is a tragedy," Mayor Erin Mendenhall said Sunday, as the boy was listed in serious condition...

She Tore Down Masks in Target, Now Blasts 'Classless' Act
She Tore Down
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She Tore Down Masks in Target, Now Blasts 'Classless' Act

Melissa Rein Lively blames mental health struggles for July 4 incident in Scottsdale, Ariz.

(Newser) - "This s---'s over!" Melissa Rein Lively ranted in a video posted last month, ripping face masks for coronavirus protection off their rack at an Arizona Target and throwing them on the floor. The self-recorded clip—in which Lively also shows off a Rolex watch she says is...

SCOTUS Holds Firm on One of Nation's Toughest Laws

High court says states are free to block insanity defense

(Newser) - Facing a challenge from a man sentenced to death for killing four people, the US Supreme Court responded Monday by upholding one of the country's strictest laws on insanity pleas. James Kahler—who claimed he was suffering from depression when he killed his two daughters, their mother, and their...

Anorexia's Not All in Your Head
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Anorexia Isn't Exactly What We Thought

It isn't all in people's heads, according to a new study

(Newser) - Turns out anorexia isn't all mental—a possible relief to people who've been blamed for having a devastating illness, the Guardian reports. In a new study , researchers analyzed the DNA of 17,000 people with anorexia against 55,000 without, and flagged eight genes connecting anorexia with psychological...

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Man Allegedly Killed Dad Who Cut Weekly Allowance to $300

Lawyers for Thomas Gilbert Jr. say he's mentally ill

(Newser) - Thomas Gilbert Jr. has lived a privileged life. The son of a millionaire hedge-fund founder, he grew up among the rich and well-connected in Manhattan before graduating from Princeton with an economics degree. But rather than follow in dad's footsteps, he lived on a $1,000 weekly allowance from...

Teen Rape Survivor Who Requested Euthanasia Ends Her Life

17-year-old Noa Pothoven suffered PTSD and depression

(Newser) - "After years of struggling and fighting, it's over." So reads a Dutch teen's "sad last post" Saturday on her Instagram account , noting she'd stopped eating and drinking and would soon be free from "[unbearable] suffering." The Washington Post reports on the right-to-die...

Actor Who Posed as War Vet: I Cut Off My Own Arm

Todd LaTourrette, who's appeared on 'Better Call Saul,' admits 17-year ruse in interview

(Newser) - Actor Todd LaTourrette has long claimed to have lost his right arm as a soldier serving overseas. In what seemed a change of luck, the narrative ushered him into roles alongside Ewan McGregor (in 2009's The Men Who Stare at Goats) and, more recently, Bob Odenkirk of Better Call ...

Lovato Is Giving Us a Rare Glimpse of Realness
Lovato Is
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Lovato Is Giving Us a Rare Glimpse of Realness

She's providing a realistic view of mental illness and addiction: Jean Hannah Edelstein

(Newser) - Demi Lovato's openness about her struggles is more than just celebrity fodder—it's a "gift to many people who have experienced similar illnesses," writes Jean Hannah Edelstein at the Guardian . The singer, hospitalized this week after an apparent overdose, has shared her list of diagnoses since...

US Prisons Have a Secret Dating Back to the 1800s

Prison journalist John J. Lennon writes about it in 'Esquire'

(Newser) - Joe Cardo was known as a "bugout"—prisonspeak for a person battling mental illness. Sentenced to two years at Attica Correctional Facility in upstate New York for attempted robbery, he was clearly unwell in 2015, searching the yard for half-smoked cigarettes and claiming to shoot orbs of light....

After Ramming Car Into Eatery, 'He Kept Saying This Was Crazy'

Roger Self was 'numb,' had been battling mental illness, say family members

(Newser) - Family and friends say that the 62-year-old man who rammed his car into a North Carolina restaurant and killed members of his family had been battling worsening anxiety and depression. In fact, Roger Self had asked his family to take away his guns, reports the New York Times . "I...

Mariah Carey Reveals 'Isolating' Experience With Mental Illness

Star tells 'People' she has bipolar disorder

(Newser) - Mariah Carey has recently endured the "hardest couple of years I've been through," and it spurred her to seek treatment for an "incredibly isolating" issue she'd long known about but refused to completely accept. In an exclusive interview with People , the 48-year-old singer reveals she...

A 'Hole' May Have Led to Fatal Shooting of NYC Man

Beat cops knew Saheed Vassell was mentally ill, but the officers who responded may not have

(Newser) - More details in the case of Saheed Vassell , an unarmed, mentally ill 34-year-old man shot and killed by NYC police. Four cops opened fire on Vassell in Brooklyn on Wednesday after 911 calls came in saying a man was pointing a silver firearm at people; after Vassell was shot, it...

Florida Governor Breaks With NRA on Guns

Rick Scott wants to bar anyone under 21 from buying one; does not want to arm teachers

(Newser) - Just over a week after the murder of 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, Florida Gov. Rick Scott unveiled a plan Friday to keep his state's students safer: a $500 million proposal to ban bump stocks, restrict people under age 21 from purchasing guns, and prohibit the...

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