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California Boy, 15, Wielding Garden Tool Is Killed by Deputy

Deputies were called to family disturbance in San Bernardino County

(Newser) - San Bernardino County sheriff's deputies were called to a domestic disturbance in southern California's Apple Valley just before 5pm Saturday, and the incident ended with a 15-year-old boy fatally shot by a deputy. Authorities say the teen, Ryan Gainer, was allegedly assaulting family members and damaging property at...

Her Life Unraveled, and She Couldn't Stop Lying
When Her Life Unraveled,
She Couldn't Stop Lying
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When Her Life Unraveled, She Couldn't Stop Lying

Jo Franklin's story, told by the 'Wall Street Journal,' illustrates one aspect of the mental illness crisis

(Newser) - As a young woman, Jo Franklin had it all together. The Chicago native graduated from the University of Florida in 1968 and went on to work as a producer of the MacNeil/Lehrer Report on PBS as well as to make documentaries for the network on the Middle East. (Including this...

Magicians Rank High in Good Mental Health
One Group of Creatives
Has Stellar Mental Health

One Group of Creatives Has Stellar Mental Health

Researchers found magicians are less prone to mental illness than other artists

(Newser) - Magicians may not belong in the "tortured artist" group. While mental illnesses have long been linked to creative types, a new study examining professional magicians says they're less prone to have them, the BBC reports. Researchers from Aberystwyth University in Wales conducted the study , in which 195 experienced...

Man Who Hosed Homeless Woman: San Francisco Is Broken

Collier Gwin says what he did was wrong, but officials need to do something about the city

(Newser) - The San Francisco gallery owner who was recorded hosing down a homeless woman camped out on the sidewalk and later charged with battery over the incident is speaking out. In a piece at the Wall Street Journal , Collier Gwin admits he lost his temper and shouldn't have sprayed the...

She Was Catatonic 20 Years Before a Breakthrough

Story of April Burrell raises hopes for others diagnosed with mental illness: 'Washington Post'

(Newser) - She was a straight-A accounting major with a seemingly bright future until everything changed in sudden fashion: At the age of 21, April Burrell of Baltimore was diagnosed with a severe form of schizophrenia, writes Richard Sima in the Washington Post . "The former high school valedictorian could no longer...

He Died Homeless in City Where He Was Once Mayor

'New York Times' explores sad trajectory of Craig Coyner in Bend, Oregon

(Newser) - In February of this year, a 75-year-old homeless man died in Bend, Oregon. It had been a particularly brutal winter for Craig Coyner: At least one of his toes had to be amputated because of frostbite, and after that operation he suffered a stroke that left him unable to speak....

GOP Lawmaker on Gun Violence: OK, Maybe We Can Fix It

Tennessee Rep. Tim Burchett says he's 'floated ideas about mental health' with Democrats

(Newser) - Rep. Tim Burchett was a relative unknown outside of Tennessee before his comments about gun control earlier this week. In the wake of the school shooting in Nashville that killed six, he proclaimed , "We're not gonna fix it," referring to tougher gun laws addressing gun violence in...

He Lied in Elaborate Ways. But to What End?
He Lied in
Elaborate Ways.
But to What End?

He Lied in Elaborate Ways. But to What End?

Christopher Massimine was a pathological liar—did he have control over it?

(Newser) - Are pathological liars conniving or mentally ill? In Christopher Massimine's case, he says it's the latter. The 36-year-old was last year uncomfortably thrust into the spotlight when it emerged the resume he used to land the job as managing director of the Pioneer Theater Company in Salt Lake...

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
Tied to Alcohol Withdrawal

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
Masks in Target,
Now Blasts
'Classless' Act
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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
Anorexia Isn't
Exactly What We Thought
new study

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...

Alleged Dad-Killer First Visited
Man Allegedly Killed Dad Who
Cut Weekly Allowance to $300

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...

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