tagged w/ Mental Illness
Our mental health system is in crisis. Dangerous chronically mental ill people are left to wonder the streets, resulting in dangerous and deadly outcomes like the death of Seattle's Shannon Harps. James A. Williams, pictured here, was charged with Harps's death. He was released from jail 10 days prior to her murder following a psychotic episode. His probation officer saw Williams the day of the murder and said Williams was "barely holding it together."
The article sited here does an in depth analysis of Williams's journey from childhood to murderer and asks challenging questions about the safety of our system. Clearly it is under funded and needs attention, but what kind of attention, and is our society willing to invest in the mentally ill? Or do we have to live with the ever present danger of people like Williams?
"What is known is that Shannon Harps, an adventuresome traveler, who loved to backpack and was working to improve the environment, a young woman who impressed her friends with her grace and integrity, was killed 10 days after Williams' release from King County Jail."
He stabbed her with a butcher knife. Williams plead not guilty to the murder. Our mental health system is in crisis. Dangerous chronically mental ill people are... more
PEOPLE who send excessive texts and emails may have a mental illness, according to an article in a leading psychiatric journal.
As more people leave the office computer, only to log on as soon as they get home, the American Journal of Psychiatry has found addiction to text messaging and emailing could be another form of mental illness...
PEOPLE who send excessive texts and emails may have a mental illness, according to an... more
OMIGOD! I've almost died and gone to paradise!
Blood and gore and education all in the same site!
Serious descriptions and links, with amazing visuals, of surgery. You'll love it!OMIGOD! I've almost died and gone to paradise! Blood and gore and education... more
The Bazelon Center is the ONLY legal and legislative organization in the US helping the mental health consumer. It's a great site to be aware of if you know anyone who is mentally ill. FYI.The Bazelon Center is the ONLY legal and legislative organization in the US helping... more
The Purpose of Depression (And Why You Should Listen To It Rather Than Trying To Dull It With Drugs)When I first came to Los Angeles over a decade ago, the city's love for psychiatrists was already a longstanding joke. And when Prozac and its ilk first arrived on the scene they were hailed as miracle pills that would bring instant happiness to the metropolis' two-hundred buck an hour couch surfers. But when it comes to depression, as a new study has shown, there are no quick fixes, though promisingly it seems the blues may actually serve a purpose, and indeed have the potential to make us happier in the long run.
While at my first job at a record label here in L.A. I struck up a friendship with a young girl who worked on reception. She'd just moved to the entertainment capital and this was her first job out of school. Lonely and vulnerable, she'd stumbled into a relationship with a much older, and very married man. After the initial excitement of the illicit affair had worn off, depression set in and she began to see a psychiatrist who soon prescribed Prozac for her troubles.
At the time, this struck me as beyond wrong. As a young girl alone in a big city, away from her family for the first time, it was only natural for her to feel a little home sick and down. Add a lousy relationship with a love rat into the mix and any sane person would have been depressed in her situation. It seemed to me that giving her happy pills to make her life more bearable was counterproductive. She needed to feel depressed. She needed to feel bad enough to be driven to make positive change in her life. In short, she needed to ditch the cheating dude, and learn to cope with life alone, rather than popping a pill to make life with him more livable.
And it seems that scientific studies are now supporting my inexpert observations. One new study, which for the first time combined all results from clinical drug trials, including those that had previously been withheld by the pharmaceutical companies but had become accessible under new FDA freedom of information rules, found that, "the new-generation antidepressants do not produce clinically significant improvements in depression in patients who initially have moderate or even very severe depression, but show significant effects only in the most severely depressed patients."
The research, which was published in the Public Library of Science medical journal, drew information from trials of four popular drugs: fluoxetine (Prozac), paroxetine (Seroxat), venlafaxine (Effexor) and nefazodone (Serzone). Given these results, Prof Irving Kirsch and his team concluded that, "there is little reason to prescribe new-generation antidepressant medications to any but the most severely depressed patients unless alternative treatments have been ineffective."
Furthermore, Dr Paul Keedwell, of the Institute of Psychiatry, argues that depression serves an evolutionary purpose, and may in the long term actually be good for us. "There are benefits and that's why it has persisted. It's a tough message to hear while you are in depression but I think that there's a life afterwards," said Keedwell in an interview with the BBC. "I have received e-mails from ex-sufferers saying in retrospect it probably did help them because they changed direction, a new career for example, and as a result they're more content day-to-day than before the depression."
So it seems, at least where depression is concerned, what doesn't kill you really can make you stronger. Depression can serve as a useful mechanism that lets us know we need to make profound change in our lives. And if you can work your way through your troubles, rather than reaching for possibly ineffective pills, you'll be better equipped to deal with obstacles down the road. But try telling that to someone who's depressed.
When I first came to Los Angeles over a decade ago, the city's love for... more
The Kristin Brooks Hope Center (1-800-SUICIDE) and the Youth America Hotline 1-877-YOUTHLINE (968-8454) have created a walkathon to help honor and remember loved ones that have been lost to suicide. The walk serves to not only pay tribute to their lives, but to also create awareness, to help erase the negative stigma associated with suicide, and to help try and prevent future suicides. By coming together as a community to show support for families and friends who have lost a loved one, we also stand together in showing that we are not ashamed and that we are dedicated to trying to get more support for our cause.
The Kristin Brooks Hope Center (1-800-SUICIDE) and the Youth America Hotline... more
An advert showing Kerry Katona tied to her husband in a straightjacket has come under fire for ridiculing mental illness. The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has received three complaints about the poster ad for her new reality show Crazy in Love and is considering whether to investigate.An advert showing Kerry Katona tied to her husband in a straightjacket has come under... more
Michael Arndt is a man of matchsticks. Over the course of six years, using 956,000 matchsticks, 1686 tubes of glue, and at least three different varieties of mustache, he built a full-scale replica of a McLaren 4/14 F1 car, at a cost of around 6000 Euros. The giant model takes up Arndt's entire kitchen and probably his social life. It can be broken down into 45 parts for easy transport to various matchstick-builders conventions.
Michael Arndt is a man of matchsticks. Over the course of six years, using 956,000... more
"Way to Blue" is sung by Nick Drake (1948-1974), an English singer who failed to find a wide audience during his lifetime. However, interest in Drake's work has grown steadily, to the extent that he now ranks among the most influential English singers of the last 50 years.
Heath Ledger (1979-208) was preoccupied with Drake's life and music. Shortly before his death in January, Ledger made a video to accompany Drake's song "Black Eyed Dog", in which Ledger was pictured drowning in his own bathtub.
This piece includes photographs and music videos, including Nick Drake's "Way to Blue.""Way to Blue" is sung by Nick Drake (1948-1974), an English singer who... more
People magazine has confirmed that Britney Spears's hospitalization has been extended to an additional 14-day hold.
Only her psychiatrist would've had the authority to request the involuntary stay. However, it's possible the singer could be out earlier if she legally demands to be released or her doctor deems her well enough for outpatient treatment. People magazine has confirmed that Britney Spears's hospitalization has been... more
Amid growing concerns about the pressure soldiers are being put under whilst deployed overseas, it has emerged that hundreds of veterans from the ongoing Iraq and Afghanistan wars are being denied funding by the government for medical treatment to cope with the psychological fallout of war. Combat Stress, a charity that assists veterans with mental health issues such as post-traumatic stress disorder, is dealing with a 27 per cent increase in GP referrals. More than half of those reporting psychotic nightmares, depression and suicidal thoughts have not been granted a war pension and are, therefore, not eligible for specialist psychiatric help. An MoD spokesman said: 'If a link is proved, then they will receive a war pension.' Official figures show that at least 23 Iraq and Afghanistan veterans had committed suicide from 2003 to the end of 2006. Numbers for reservists are not known. Amid growing concerns about the pressure soldiers are being put under whilst deployed... more
WTF: A man who believed he bore the "mark of the beast" used a circular saw to cut off one hand, then he cooked it in the microwave and called 911, authorities said.
Why did he microwave it though? Was he then going to eat it? WTF: A man who believed he bore the "mark of the beast" used a circular saw... more
EMaR is a 24 year-old rudegirl with a difference. She no longer swears, takes drugs, has
sex, drinks or starts fights. Emar has found God. A year ago life couldn't have been more
different- hanging out with one of West London's most notorious gangs, SB (AKA The
Scumbags) where her days were spent on the tracks tagging & mugging people - constantly
in and out of trouble with the police. Her path is now the way of Christ and her goal is to get into bible school, become a pastor and usher the kids from her estate into the open arms of Jesus. However her techniques will be far from the approach of your typical bible basher, she remains one of the UK's top female skaters and intends to use this kudos to influence the lost souls that surround her.EMaR is a 24 year-old rudegirl with a difference. She no longer swears, takes drugs,... more
A group of adults decided to play a trick on a helpless 14 year old which lead to her suicide. They created a fake Myspace account and carried out a relationship that she became very fond of. Very sad read.A group of adults decided to play a trick on a helpless 14 year old which lead to her... more
Oh, you didn't know? Normal human behaviors are now serious psychiatric "disorders" for which pharmaceutical companies are falling over each other trying to make pills to combat these terrible afflictions.Oh, you didn't know? Normal human behaviors are now serious psychiatric... more
A new study says a fortyfold increase can be partly attributed to doctors mislabeling children and teens with the illness. (LAT)A new study says a fortyfold increase can be partly attributed to doctors mislabeling... more