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  • FSU shooter's friends tried to get help for him months before the shooting

    11/22/2014 1:55:25 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 31 replies
    St Petersburg Times ^ | November 22, 2014 | Michael LaForgia
    "...In interviews with the Tampa Bay Times on Friday, May's friends described their frustrations over the past three months with the area's mental health care system, one that couldn't save May despite desperate pleas from loved ones who watched him dissolve into paranoia before their eyes...... Six months into his job as a prosecutor in the Dona Ana County District Attorney's Office in New Mexico, May couldn't concentrate. The 31-year-old had become so distractible, he told his friends, that he had decided to see a psychologist. He emerged from the appointment with prescriptions for an antidepressant and an attention deficit...
  • Obama orders 'mental-health' testing for schoolkids

    11/10/2014 6:34:43 AM PST · by rktman · 63 replies
    wnd.com ^ | 11/8/2014 | Leo Hohmann
    Using “gun violence” as its cover, the Obama administration has quietly unleashed a cache of federal dollars that will be used for testing students for signs of mental health issues in K-12 schools. Critics say personal information scooped up in the screenings will be logged into databases that will follow the child throughout his or her academic career and beyond. Public schools, which have increasingly taken on aspects of psychiatric clinics in recent years, will get infused with more than $150 million in federal grants to further this agenda under the auspices of Obama’s 2013 executive action titled “Now is...
  • The sad, twisted truth about conservative Christianity’s effect on the mind (Salon)

    11/01/2014 3:37:19 PM PDT · by Faith Presses On · 78 replies
    Salon ^ | Marlene Winell and Valerie Tarico
    If a former believer says that Christianity made her depressed, obsessive, or post-traumatic, she is likely to be dismissed as an exaggerator. She might describe panic attacks about the rapture; moods that swung from ecstasy about God’s overwhelming love to suicidal self-loathing about repeated sins; or an obsession with sexual purity. A symptom like one of these clearly has a religious component, yet many people instinctively blame the victim. They will say that the wounded former believer was prone to anxiety or depression or obsession in the first place—that his Christianity somehow got corrupted by his predisposition to psychological problems....
  • Mo. State Senator: Ferguson is ‘Experiencing PTSD Right Now’

    10/24/2014 4:06:24 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    A Missouri state senator believes the town of Ferguson is suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder following the fatal shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown in August. Speaking to CNN on Thursday, state Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal said that there should have been health care professionals dispatched to the streets to help the residents of Ferguson. “What should have happened since day one is we should have had counselors out in the streets and psychologists because this community is experiencing PTSD right now and frankly, I think some officers are, too,” she explained to CNN....
  • Religion: a looming mental health crisis

    10/10/2014 5:57:13 AM PDT · by xzins · 44 replies
    RedState ^ | 9 Oct 14 | Streiff
    Contrary to what some would have us believe, there is an ongoing war against religion in general and Christianity in particular underway in our country. For years we have seen the surface action. Under the guise of a twisted and corrupted interpretation of the First Amendment, Christianity has gradually been forced from the public square. Christmas displays have been forced from public areas — we’ve seen the Mass of Christ reduced to “Happy Holidays. Churches have been attacked for instructing their congregations on the importance of voting their faith. Prayers at sporting events are suppressed. This strategy of attacking...
  • Report reveals the scope of substance use and mental illness affecting the nation

    New SAMHSA report shows that 24.6 million Americans aged 12 or older were current (past month) illicit drug users – 9.4 percent of this age group. Marijuana was by far the most commonly used illicit drug with approximately 19.8 million current users aged 12 and older. In terms of other illicit drugs, the report indicates that among those aged 12 and older, there were 4.5 million current nonmedical users of prescription pain relievers (1.7 percent), 1.5 million current cocaine users (0.6 percent), 595,000 methamphetamine users (0.2 percent), and 289,000 current heroin users (0.1 percent). Although an estimated 22.7 million persons...
  • Armed Doctor Who Opened Fire on Active Shooter in Hospital Shooting Could Lose His Job

    07/25/2014 7:14:57 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 41 replies
    Guns Saves Lives ^ | July 25, 2014 | Dan Cannon
    Armed Doctor Who Opened Fire on Active Shooter in Hospital Shooting Could Lose His Job July 25 2014 by Dan Cannon Share This Post As we reported yesterday, it would seem that an armed doctor in Pennsylvania prevented a possible mass shooting at the hospital he was working at. The doctor managed to land several chest hits on the suspect after he had shot another person and wounded the doctor. However, despite his heroic, likely life saving acts, the doctor (identified as Lee Silverman), may end up unemployed as gratitude. According to the Employee Code of Conduct for Mercy Health...
  • Cannabis really can trigger paranoia

    07/16/2014 4:44:01 AM PDT · by AustralianConservative · 83 replies
    The Guardian (UK) ^ | Wednesday 16 July 2014 | Daniel Freeman and Jason Freeman
    *The largest ever study of the effects of the main psychoactive component of cannabis suggests that it can cause paranoia in vulnerable individuals* To discover whether cannabis really does cause paranoia in vulnerable individuals, we carried out the largest ever study of the effects of THC (∆9-tetrahydrocannabinol, the drug’s principal psychoactive ingredient). We recruited 121 volunteers, all of whom had taken cannabis at least once before, and all of whom reported having experienced paranoid thoughts in the previous month (which is typical of half the population). None had been diagnosed with a mental illness. The volunteers were randomly chosen to...
  • Armed and mentally ill

    07/04/2014 5:41:43 AM PDT · by rktman · 28 replies
    crosscut.com ^ | 6/30/2014 | John Carlson
    Is there common ground for supporters of gun rights and gun control to stop random, senseless shootings in this country? Perhaps. Hours after the awful shooting at Seattle Pacific University, Mayor Ed Murray appeared on campus and said, “Once again the epidemic of gun violence has come to Seattle — the epidemic of gun violence that is haunting this nation.” Other politicians, activists and liberal clergy echoed his words. It will surprise the mayor and many other people to learn that gun violence isn’t rising in America, it’s falling. In fact, it’s plummeting. Gun deaths are down nearly 40 percent...
  • A Justina's Law is needed to protect other kids like Justina Pelletier

    06/19/2014 7:17:55 PM PDT · by Morgana · 14 replies
    minot daily news ^ | Andrea Johnson
    Justina Pelletier finally went home today. Justina is the 16-year-old Connecticut girl who has been held against her will by child welfare officials in Massachusetts for the past 16 months. Her story has resulted in a firestorm of controversy about the treatment of children with rare diseases and parental rights to make medical decisions for their children. The best coverage of the story has probably been provided by The Boston Globe, which did a series of stories a few months ago that can be found here: http://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2013/12/15/justina/vnwzbbNdiodSD7WDTh6xZI/story.html A story about the girl's homecoming can be found here: http://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2014/06/17/judge-orders-custody-justina-pelletier-returned-parents/mDWtuGURNawSuObO0pDX4J/story.html As the...
  • Report: Mental health care at LA jails lacking

    06/07/2014 4:41:38 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 6, 2014 6:11 PM EDT
    Los Angeles County jails have “deplorable” conditions that have contributed to a dramatic increase in suicides and the system isn’t doing enough to help mentally ill inmates, according to a federal report released Friday. Fifteen inmates have killed themselves in less than 2˝ years, with the number increasing from four in 2012 to 10 the next year, and “dimly lit, vermin-infested, noisy, unsanitary, cramped and crowded” conditions contributed to the suicides, according to the U.S. Justice Department’s assessment of jail mental health care. …
  • Brains, Bullets

    06/04/2014 11:18:36 AM PDT · by guyshomenet · 8 replies
    Cowboy Confessional ^ | 2014-06-04 | Guy Smith
    I was on a UC Santa Cruz public forum panel last week, where we were discussing gun control (myself, Adam Winkler from UCLA Law, some out-gunned chap from the Brady Campaign, and a co-founder of the Liberal Gun Club (yes, they do exist). While running through the various sources of gun deaths (62% of which are suicides and thus clearly a mental health issue) it occurred to me that your garden variety street gang member isn't mentally stable ... at very least a sociopath, and in many instances an utter psychopath. So this link is to my opening investigations into...
  • California's Strictest Gun Laws Didn't Stop ElliotRodger

    05/28/2014 9:48:11 AM PDT · by raptor22 · 30 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | May 28,2014 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Guns: The Santa Barbara shooter had legally purchased and registered firearms, and passed prior questioning by the police who saw no danger to himself or others. More gun laws won't stop the next such shooter, either. It is eerie how the mental health of the shooter consistently seems to emerge as a key factor in mass shootings such as the rampage by Elliot Rodger, who killed six and wounded 13 on Friday. The shooter had been in therapy since age 8 and police had been warned by his parents to check him out. Yet few liberals cry for tougher mental...
  • Father of slain Santa Barbara student calls on politicians to 'get to work and do something'...

    05/28/2014 1:45:48 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 51 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | 5/28/14 | NANCY DILLON, BONNIE ROBINSON, LARRY MCSHANE
    A furious Richard Martinez delivered a four-letter stomping to do-nothing politicians who have called him to cry crocodile tears over his son’s brutal killing. “I don’t give a s--- that you feel sorry for me,” a weeping Martinez said about the congressional condolence calls... “Get to work and do something . . . Getting a call from a politician doesn’t impress me,” he told the Washington Post...
  • Gun Control Won’t Stop the Next Elliot Rodger

    05/27/2014 5:47:38 PM PDT · by ReaganÜberAlles · 22 replies
    American Spectator ^ | 05-27-2014 | Jeffrey Lord
    "This time the shooter is 22-year-old Elliot Rodger. Like clockwork, the cry goes up blaming the National Rifle Association and calling for tougher gun laws. But this time there’s a problem for believers in gun control. The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence and the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence gave an “A-” to California's gun control laws, passed as they were by one of the most liberal state governments in the country."
  • We Don't Have A Gun Problem; We Have A Brain Problem

    05/25/2014 11:21:16 AM PDT · by Yaelle · 34 replies
    Self ^ | 05/25/14 | Self
    We don’t have a gun problem in this country. We have a brain problem. And it is going to get worse. After reading just some of this killer’s autobiography, only up to age 12, I am starting to believe that we need to STOP MAINSTREAMING kids with asperger’s or highly functioning autism. And I have a son with it, same age as this guy. His childhood parallels my son’s except: I DIDNT FORCE HIM INTO SCHOOL. By 4th grade he was homeschooled all the way through. You will not see my son in the news for killing people. First, the...
  • House passes new mental health screening for recruits

    05/22/2014 7:57:20 PM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 33 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | May 22, 2014 | By Travis J. Tritten
    WASHINGTON — New mental health screening that supporters say could help stem the high rate of military suicides or even stop shooting rampages passed the House on Thursday as part of the massive 2015 defense budget. The House bill, sponsored by Rep. Glenn Thompson, R-Pa., orders the National Institutes of Health to create a universal mental health evaluation for potential recruits that would catch past suicide attempts and psychiatric disorders. The data could be used by the services to weed out candidates with potentially dangerous mental health issues. Already, potential recruits are asked about past suicide attempts or mental disorders,...
  • Karl Rove: Hillary Clinton may have brain damage

    05/12/2014 7:16:34 PM PDT · by PaulCruz2016 · 67 replies
    The New York Post ^ | 05-12-2014 | Emily Smith
    <p>Karl Rove stunned a conference when he suggested Hillary Clinton might have brain damage.</p> <p>Onstage with Robert Gibbs and CBS correspondent and “Spies Against Armageddon” co-author Dan Raviv, Rove said Republicans should keep the Benghazi issue alive.</p> <p>He said if Clinton runs for president, voters must be told what happened when she suffered a fall in December 2012.</p>
  • Marijuana mental health and safety risks ignored by media

    04/23/2014 10:42:00 AM PDT · by usalady · 30 replies
    Examiner ^ | April 20, 2014 | Martha
    While Americans of all ages in Colorado happily celebrate the legalization of marijuana in various forms on April 20, 2014 as a “smoking holiday” the mental health and safety risks are being ignored by the media.
  • Fort Hood gunman sought mental health treatment

    04/03/2014 3:59:39 AM PDT · by PaulCruz2016 · 24 replies
    The Boston Globe ^ | 04-03-2014 | Will Weissert
    FORT HOOD, Texas (AP) — An Iraq War veteran being treated for mental illness was the gunman who opened fire at Fort Hood, killing three people and wounding 16 others before committing suicide, in an attack on the same Texas military base where more than a dozen people were slain in 2009, authorities said. Within hours of the Wednesday attack, investigators started looking into whether the man’s combat experience had caused lingering psychological trauma. Fort Hood’s senior officer, Lt. Gen. Mark Milley, said the gunman had sought help for depression, anxiety and other problems.
  • Parents Share Tales Of Navigating State's Mental Health System For Children (Want school testing)

    03/27/2014 3:14:06 AM PDT · by raybbr · 7 replies
    Courant.com ^ | March 26, 2014 | JOSH KOVNER
    HARTFORD — Mary Jo Andrews, Carol Poehnert and several other West Hartford mothers of children with mental-health problems had quietly met for eight years, usually over dinner, to share their experiences and frustrations, and to trade tips and shortcuts learned while navigating the treatment system. Then the Sandy Hook School tragedy happened in December 2012. "And we decided we needed to get out and do some advocating,'' Andrews told 70 parents and health care professionals at a forum at the Institute of Living Wednesday evening. It is the first of a handful of planned sessions — part of an effort...
  • Lost sleep leads to loss of brain cells, study suggests

    03/19/2014 10:20:55 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    BBC News ^ | 19 March 2014 | Last updated at 02:50 ET | Helen Briggs
    Sleep loss may be more serious than previously thought, causing a permanent loss of brain cells, research suggests. In mice, prolonged lack of sleep led to 25% of certain brain cells dying, according to a study in The Journal of Neuroscience. If the same is true in humans, it may be futile to try to catch up on missed sleep, say US scientists. They think it may one day be possible to develop a drug to protect the brain from the side-effects of lost sleep. …
  • Holder Confirms Obama Ready to Use Executive Order on Guns ‘in Absence of Meaningful Action’

    01/31/2014 7:42:59 AM PST · by rktman · 134 replies
    PJMedia ^ | 1/29/2014 | Bridget Johnson
    Attorney General Eric Holder said at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing today that President Obama is open to using an executive action to push through gun-control and/or associated mental health measures that haven’t found approval in Congress. Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), one of the top proponents of new gun-control measures in Congress, noted that Obama only made a “very brief” reference to gun violence in his State of the Union address. “But I hope, and I hope you will join me in the view that the president remains completely committed to ending gun violence in this country, adopting common sense...
  • Five Steps to Better Mental Health – According to St. Paul

    07/06/2012 1:17:17 PM PDT · by NYer · 9 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | July 5, 2012 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    We tend in modern times to link our notions of happiness and inner well-being to circumstances and happenstance. And thus happiness will be found when the things of this world are arranged in the way and quantity we like. If we just get enough money and creature comforts, we will be happy and have a better sense of mental well being.And yet, it remains true that many can endure difficult external circumstances and yet remain inwardly content, happy and optimistic. Further, many who have much are still not content and are beset with great mental anguish, anxiety and unhappiness. Ultimately...
  • Pedophilia the next 'sexual-rights' revolution? (...LGBT argument to 'minor-attracted persons')

    01/03/2014 9:35:53 AM PST · by Perseverando · 78 replies
    WND ^ | January 02, 2014 | Jerome R. Corsi
    NEW YORK – The underlying assumption that has led to the increasing legitimization of same-sex marriage is now fueling a growing effort in academic circles to mainstream pedophilia. Once considered taboo, psychologists are beginning to walk down the same path LGBT activists established more than 50 years ago, insisting that pedophilia is an inborn “sexual orientation,” not a learned sexual behavior. If people are born with a sexual attraction to minors, the argument goes, their “orientation” should be accepted as normative and not stigmatized. James Cantor, Ph.D., a clinical psychologist in the Law and Mental Health Program at the...
  • PA:Judicial Insanity: State Trooper can Carry on Duty, but not off Duty

    12/28/2013 5:41:00 PM PST · by marktwain · 4 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 29 December, 2013 | Dean Weingarten
    From pennlive.com, we find the latest bit of judicial folly: Pennsylvania State Trooper Michael L. Keyes is in an odd situation. When on duty, he can carry a gun. Yet while off duty, he is barred by law from possessing any firearms, because seven years ago he suffered from deep depression, repeatedly tried to kill himself by taking drugs and was involuntarily committed for mental health treatment. This reminds me quite of bit of Dick Heller, of D.C.  v. Heller, who was trusted to carry a gun to guard government buildings in the District of Columbia, but not as...
  • Black mob violence blamed on collective 'mental illness' (...traumatic syndrome of slavery')

    12/17/2013 6:02:55 PM PST · by Perseverando · 79 replies
    WND ^ | December 16, 2013 | Colin Flaherty
    Wilmington, Del., has a big problem: Large groups of black people are going crazy. And this collective “mental illness” is causing record levels of crime and gun violence in this mostly black town of 70,000. That is the official diagnosis of the city council, which, by unanimous agreement earlier this month, asked the Centers for Disease Control to investigate a wave of psychological mayhem that has turned this historic and once-charming city into an unrecognizable husk of its former self. Chief diagnostician of this crisis in public health is city council member Hanifa G.N. Shabazz: “There is a well known...
  • Honor Newtown victims by dealing with guns and mental health issues

    12/13/2013 6:55:37 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 17 replies
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ^ | 12-13-13 | Milwaukee JS Editorial Board
    The families of Newtown, Conn., have a simple request on the anniversary of the tragic shooting that took 26 lives, 20 of them children, a year ago at Sandy Hook Elementary School: Honor the victims by performing an act of kindness on Saturday. We'll try to honor that request, and we hope others do, too. But, frankly, there's more that needs doing. Twenty-six died on Dec. 14, 2012, in Newtown, and there have been other mass shootings since. But when we honor those victims, let's also honor the many other victims of gun violence in our communities. In Milwaukee alone...
  • 1 year after Newtown, Biden to boost mental health

    12/10/2013 5:47:03 AM PST · by PROCON · 15 replies
    AP ^ | Dec. 10, 2013 | AP
    Vice President Joe Biden is pledging more funding for mental health as the first anniversary of the Newtown, Conn., school shooting approaches. The White House says $100 million will become available to increase access and quality of mental health services. Biden will announce the funds Tuesday when he meets with relatives of Newtown victims at the White House.
  • Among U.S. presidents, LBJ tops charts in 'grandiose narcissism' study

    11/13/2013 6:10:26 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 65 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | November 13, 2013 | y Carol Christian |
    <p>In a recent study of U.S. presidents' personality traits, Lyndon Johnson ranked highest in grandiose narcissism.</p> <p>While it frequently gets a bad rap, grandiose narcissism may predict both positive and negative leadership behaviors, according to a group of researchers who published a paper in October in Psychological Science.</p>
  • Kathleen Sebelius announces new mental health parity requirements for health insurers

    11/08/2013 11:01:19 AM PST · by markomalley · 182 replies
    Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius on Friday said that new requirements imposed on insurance companies by Obamacare will require those companies to treat mental illness and addiction that same as physical illness, creating "the largest behavioral health expansion in a generation."
  • New Mental Health Mandate Will Make Obamacare More Expensive, Increase Fraud And Canceled Policies

    11/11/2013 10:03:55 AM PST · by tobyhill · 18 replies
    forbes ^ | 11/11/2013 | Merrill Matthews
    ven as stories pour in of Americans facing steeply higher health insurance premiums and canceled coverage, Team TISI +0.13% Obama just imposed new regulations that will make those problems worse. It’s almost like they can’t help themselves. On Friday, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced new regulations mandating health insurers cover mental and behavioral health to the same extent they cover physical health care. A “mental health parity” mandate was passed by Congress in 2008, but Obama officials claim health insurers aren’t fully complying. (You’ll just have to overlook the irony of the Obama administration, which has postponed...
  • Obama admin announces push on mental health care (Sebelius' big announcement)

    11/08/2013 10:11:24 AM PST · by rightwingintelligentsia · 45 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | November 8, 2013 | SUSAN FERRECHIO
    The Obama administration, fresh off an apology from President Obama to Americans who are losing their current health plans under his new health care law, forged ahead Friday with rules that place mental health and substance abuse care on equal footing with medical and surgical benefits. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced the “historic” step in Atlanta alongside former first lady Rosalynn Carter — a longtime champion for mental health research — in a nod toward the generation-long effort to make sure millions of Americans with behavioral health problems get the same care as patients with physical issues....
  • VP Biden to attend mental health forum in Mass

    10/23/2013 5:42:52 AM PDT · by PROCON · 31 replies
    AP ^ | Oct. 23, 2013 | AP
    BOSTON (AP) — Vice President Joe Biden planned to join Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and former U.S. Rep. Patrick Kennedy for a forum on policies that affect people with mental illness, intellectual disabilities or addiction. The two-day event marks the 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy's signing of the Community Mental Health Act. The legislation, the last signed by Kennedy before his assassination, helped transform the way people with mental illness are treated and cared for in the United States.
  • A New Map of How We Think: Top Brain/Bottom Brain

    10/19/2013 9:43:46 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 11 replies
    Wall St Journal ^ | 10/18/2013 | Stephen M. Kosslyn and G. Wayne Miller
    If you move the view to the side, however, you can see the top and bottom parts of the brain, demarcated largely by the Sylvian fissure, the crease-like structure named for the 17th-century Dutch physician who first described it. The top brain comprises the entire parietal lobe and the top (and larger) portion of the frontal lobe. The bottom comprises the smaller remainder of the frontal lobe and all of the occipital and temporal lobes. Our theory's roots lie in a landmark report published in 1982 by Mortimer Mishkin and Leslie G. Ungerleider of the National Institute of Mental Health....
  • Did the White House Just Schedule an Off-the-Record Meeting Between Obama and a Psychiatrist?

    10/09/2013 5:33:35 PM PDT · by xzins · 64 replies
    9 Oct 13 | Xzins
    According to liberal source "Politico", President Obama held a meeting on October 8, with "conservative journalists" Charles Krauthammer, Paul Gigot, Kathleen Parker, Byron York, and Robert Costa. The meeting was described as "off-the-record". When questioned about that meeting the next evening by Bret Baier of Fox News, Krauthammer gave no real information. This is worrisome news because Krauthammer graduated from Harvard Medical School in 1975 with his MD and was board certified in psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in 1984. As recently as 2009, President Obama called upon Krauthammer's medical stature, inviting Krauthammer to a signing...
  • $556K to Train Med School Students on LGBT Mental Health Care

    08/30/2013 4:51:09 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 21 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | August 30, 2013 - 10:59 AM | Melanie Hunter
    The Department of Health and Human Services has awarded $556,000 to Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine for an LGBT mental health internship program. “Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) individuals experience unique health disparities. As a group, LGBT adults experience more mood and anxiety disorders, an elevated risk for suicide, and substance use as compared with heterosexual adults. LGBT people are more frequently the targets of stigma, discrimination, and violence because of their sexual- and gender-minority status,” the grant abstract said. “LGBT adults have higher rates of smoking, alcohol use, and substance use than heterosexual adults, which leads to...
  • Questioning transsexuality

    08/24/2013 9:59:20 AM PDT · by marktwain · 7 replies
    esr.ibiblio.org ^ | 24 August, 2013 | esr
    In Bradley Manning Is Not a Woman, Kevin Willamson makes a case that feeling like a transsexual – that is, that one is either a man in the body of a woman or vice-versa – should be regarded as a mental illness to be treated by therapy rather than with sex-reassignment surgery. The article surprised me by presenting a coherent case for this position that I cannot dismiss as garden-variety social-conservative chuntering. I found the parallel with what Willamson calls BIID particularly troubling. If we treat people who desire to electively amputate their own arms and legs as mentally ill,...
  • GOA Submits Comments Opposing Backdoor Gun Control Efforts by Health And Human Services

    06/08/2013 8:04:52 AM PDT · by EXCH54FE · 13 replies
    AmmoLand ^ | June 7, 2013 | Ammo Land Staff
    As a Second Amendment organization representing 375,000 members, we are writing to express our concern over Health And Human Services’ (HHS) proposed rule that was printed in the April 23rd, 2013 issue of the Federal Register. These regulations would, by executive fiat, waive all federal privacy laws and encourage doctors to report their patients to the FBI. Please understand a couple of things: First, the standard which a doctor would use to turn in a patient is embodied in Clinton-era ATF language and in the anti-gun Veterans Disarmament Act of 2007. Specifically, a doctor would report a patient if he...
  • Perspective: Casting light on sleep deficiency

    05/24/2013 11:34:31 AM PDT · by neverdem · 14 replies
    Nature ^ | 22 May 2013 | Charles A. Czeisler
    There are many reasons why people get insufficient sleep in our 24/7 society, from early starts at work or school, or long commutes, to caffeine-rich food and drink. But the precipitating factor is an often unappreciated, technological breakthrough: the electric light. Without it, few people would use caffeine to stay awake at night. And light affects our circadian rhythms more powerfully than any drug. Just as the ear has two functions (hearing and balance), so too does the eye. First, rods and cones enable sight; and second, intrinsically photosensitive retinal ganglion cells (ipRGCs) containing the photopigment... --snip-- The US Institute...
  • Zeta-Jones checks into mental health facility (again)

    04/30/2013 10:43:37 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 70 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 30, 2013 12:15 PM EDT
    A spokeswoman for Catherine Zeta-Jones says the actress has “proactively” checked into a mental health facility for treatment of her bipolar condition. … Two years ago, the 43-year-old Oscar winner checked into a similar facility for a brief stay for treatment of her condition, known as Bipolar II. The disorder is characterized by mood swings and depressive episodes, and is commonly treated with medication and psychotherapy. …
  • Pelosi on Gun Control: ‘We’re just not taking no for an answer’

    04/18/2013 11:59:51 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 58 replies
    The PJ Tatler ^ | April 18, 2013 | Bryan Preston
    During her Thursday press conference, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said that Wednesday’s sweeping gun control defeat in the Democrat-controlled Senate is a setback, but not the end, of Democrats’ gun control efforts. During Senate action Wednesday, nine gun control measures came up for votes, and all nine were defeated. Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s “assault” weapons ban went down in flames, with 15 Democrats voting with Republicans to kill it. It fell in a lopsided 60-40 vote. Going O for 9 is but a fleshwound, says Pelosi: “The process on where to go from here is we will be collecting any...
  • Homosexuality and Mental Health

    03/22/2013 8:12:52 AM PDT · by fwdude · 52 replies
    Ryan Sorba's Blog ^ | January 12, 2012 | Ryan Sorba
    It was never a medical decision—and that’s why I think the action came so fast…It was a political move…That’s how far we’ve come in ten years. Now we even have the American Psychiatric Association running scared. -Barbara Gittings, Activist Getting Started The American Psychiatric Association (APA) currently considers same-sex attraction a diagnosable and treatable mental disorder –if one is marked by persistent distress about their “sexual orientation.” The disorder is listed in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders-IV TR (DMS-IV TR) as a paraphilia, euphemistically entitled, “Sexual Orientation Not Otherwise Specified.” Psychiatrists began to use this clunky phrase...
  • (Hope & Change) PROFESSOR: Zombies Are Popular Because People Have Given Up Hope

    03/16/2013 8:06:16 AM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 18 replies
    Business Insider ^ | Mar. 14, 2013, | Geoffrey Ingersoll
    PROFESSOR: Zombies Are Popular Because People Have Given Up Hope Zombie popularity is a surefire indicator of national mental health, says Clemson University professor Sarah Lauro. Lauro, an English teacher who studied zombies while working on her doctorate, told the Associated Press that the rise of the "Zombie Walk," specifically, illustrates citizens' dissatisfaction with governments and life in general. "We are more interested in the zombie at times when as a culture we feel disempowered," Lauro told the AP. "And the facts are there that, when we are experiencing economic crises, the vast population is feeling disempowered. ... Either playing...
  • Bill Would Require Mental Health Assessments For Schoolchildren

    03/09/2013 5:42:02 PM PST · by Daffynition · 59 replies
    Hart\ford Courant ^ | March 8, 2013 | DANIELA ALTIMARI
    MIDDLETOWN — Lawmakers are considering a measure that would make Connecticut the first state in the nation to mandate universal mental health assessments for school-age children. Senate Bill 374 — one of several relating to mental health policy in the aftermath of the Newtown attack — would require all public schoolchildren in grades 6, 8, 10 and 12 to undergo a behavioral health screening. The law would also apply to home-schooled children ages 12, 14 and 17. It makes no mention of private or parochial school students. The assessments would be confidential, the bill says; the results would be shared...
  • New Federal Rule Requires Insurers to Offer Mental Health Coverage

    02/21/2013 7:02:51 PM PST · by Seizethecarp · 17 replies
    New York Times ^ | February 20, 2013 | ROBERT PEAR
    The Obama administration issued a final rule on Wednesday defining “essential health benefits” that must be offered by most health insurance plans next year, and it said that 32 million people would gain access to coverage of mental health care as a result. The federal rule requires insurers to cover treatment of mental illnesses, behavioral disorders, drug addiction and alcohol abuse, and other conditions. Kathleen Sebelius, the secretary of health and human services, said that in addition to the millions who would gain access to mental health care, 30 million people who already have some mental health coverage will see...
  • Country music's Mindy McReady dies in apparent suicide

    02/18/2013 3:56:27 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 15 replies
    Mindy McReady, the 37-year old country music star and mother of two, was found dead Sunday after an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.
  • Study: 'Toxic Perfectionism' Major Part of LDS Women's Depression

    02/14/2013 3:33:33 PM PST · by fattigermaster · 167 replies
    KSL.com ^ | Feb. 1, 2013 | KSL.com
    OREM —Striving for perfection may be driving some female members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to depression, one researcher says. Utah Valley University professor Kris Doty looked at depression among LDS women, finding that "toxic perfectionism" was one major factor of depression reported by the group. The other four factors, Doty found, were genetics, history of abuse, family relationships and feeling judged by others. Over a one-year period, Doty and her colleagues looked at clinically diagnosed depressed women who identified as LDS. Seven of the women were using multiple medications to treat their depression, 19 were...
  • Mental Health Organizations: Political Slaves of the Homosexual Movement

    02/08/2013 12:34:40 PM PST · by fwdude · 18 replies
    rethinkingtheology ^ | January 19, 2013 | James R. Aist
    ”It was never a medical decision — and that’s why I think the action came so fast… It was a political move.” “That’s how far we’ve come in ten years. Now we even have the American Psychiatric Association running scared.” — Barbara Gittings, Pro-homosexual Activist Introduction Homosexuality advocates like to appeal to position statements published by American mental health organizations to fortify their bogus claims concerning homosexuality issues. One would expect such professional groups to be a reliable source of unbiased information on such matters and that their official positions would be based on the most up-to-date and scientifically sound...
  • Sheriff: it's mental health, not guns (Duval County, Florida)

    02/06/2013 1:10:58 PM PST · by SWAMPSNIPER · 6 replies
    WOKV ^ | February 6, 2013 | Matt Augustine
    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — We're now hearing from Jacksonville's Sheriff about the Florida Sheriff's Association pledge not to uphold any unconstitutional legislation that restricts the Second Amendment. "You cannot legislate your way out of this problem," said John Rutherford. He sent out his own statement saying that he supported the proclamation, and says people need to realize it's not the trigger that's the problem, but the triggerman. "We've got to start having these discussions about this culture of death that we have created."