May 1, 2016
217 Boxes of Dr. Henry Anonymous (Painted Bride Arts Center). Ain Gordon's based-on-research drama about John Fryer, who challenged the American Psychiatric Association's stance on homosexuality. Thursday through Saturday. All the Days (McCarter Theatre). World premiere of Sharyn Rothstein's play about a Philadelphia woman who must deal with family, love, and loss. Friday through May 29. Moth (Azuka Theatre). Philly premiere of Declan Greene's two-hander about friends, one of whom is a boy inspired to go on a mission with a moth in a jar found near his bed. Saturday through May 22. See What I Wanna See (11th Hour Theatre Company)
December 31, 2015
FORT WORTH, Texa s - A teen fugitive who's known for using an "affluenza" defense and his mother attempted to disguise themselves and disappear among the American tourists thronging a Mexican resort city for the holidays, but are now in custody and will be returned to the U.S. after a cellphone used to order pizza gave away their location, authorities said yesterday. Tarrant County Sheriff Dee Anderson said Ethan Couch, 18 - who was on juvenile probation after killing four people in a drunken-driving wreck - and his mother had prepared to be gone a while, even dyeing Couch's blond hair black, before being detained Monday in the Pacific Coast city of Puerto Vallarta.
September 13, 2014 |
A federal appeals court on Thursday upheld New Jersey's ban on so-called gay conversion therapy for children, finding that the law, signed by Gov. Christie last year, does not violate the free speech or religious rights of counselors. In its opinion, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit in Philadelphia upheld a federal court ruling, citing the state's "substantial interest in protecting its citizens from harmful or ineffective professional practices. " The law bans licensed counselors from using "sexual orientation change efforts" with clients under 18. The federal court disagreed with the lower court's finding that the law didn't affect speech, only conduct.
April 5, 2013
By Robert Maranto Though I'm a Republican, on same-sex marriage I am far steadier than and well to the left of Bill Clinton and President Obama. Unlike Bill Clinton, I wasn't against same-sex marriage before I was for it. Unlike Barack Obama, I wasn't for same-sex marriage (when running in a liberal legislative district) before being against it (when running for president) before being for it (after the polls and Vice President Biden switched sides). Rather than following the mob, I started supporting same-sex marriage as soon as I heard about homosexuals because individual freedom is important, and there didn't seem to be a compelling reason for government to forbid it. Back around 1968, my dad and I were watching our favorite show, Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In , which in the custom of the day made fun of gays, leading me as a curious 10-year-old to ask, "Dad, what's a homosexual?"
January 4, 2013
A commentary Tuesday misidentified the organization that classifies transvestism as a disorder. It is the American Psychiatric Association.
June 3, 2002 |
Depression, says psychiatrist and psychoanalyst Elio Frattaroli, can be a good thing. So can anxiety, and even psychosis. Like physical pain, these symptoms are signs that something is amiss inside. But, if approached correctly, they also present an opportunity for emotional growth. Making people better is not just about making that pain go away with a pill, says Frattaroli, who is in private practice in Bala Cynwyd. It's about facing inner conflicts that caused emotional pain and talking about them in a way largely out of fashion in modern psychiatry.
May 23, 2002 |
Webster's New World Dictionary dispatches the word evil in 11 lines. But inspired by Sept. 11, psychiatrists have devoted thousands of words to the topic at their annual meeting in Philadelphia this week. They've explored what evil is, what kind of people do evil things, and what can be done to prevent evil. Defining evil, especially in a legal way, is not as easy as you might think. There's so much variation in what constitutes depraved or vile or heinous behavior that it's not far from the famous definition of pornography.
May 13, 2002 |
Thousands of psychiatrists and other experts on the brain and behavior will descend on Center City over the next two weeks for three professional meetings that illustrate the breadth of modern psychiatry. The groups will discuss everything from intensive talk therapy to the chemistry and structure of the brain to the interaction of biology and experience. Philadelphia will play host this week to the American Psychoanalytic Association and the Society of Biological Psychiatry and, starting on the weekend, the American Psychiatric Association, holding the world's largest psychiatric meeting.
February 13, 1997 |
If life grew too stressful, if our nerves crumbled, if we couldn't cope, the solution was often a drive to West Philadelphia to the sanctuary of a private hospital, surrounded by gardens overflowing with sympathy where we could spend a month talking about our misfortunes. Until now. The imminent demise of the Institute of Pennsylvania Hospital marks the end of a monument, the place where Benjamin Rush founded the American Psychiatric Association. Although I was never a patient, it is hard for me to accept its passing.
January 14, 1997 |
Philadelphia is about to lose a part of its history. Next month, the Institute of Pennsylvania Hospital - known as the birthplace of American psychiatry - will be sold, largely a victim of managed care. Its sprawling facility at 49th and Market streets in West Philadelphia is being turned over to a firm that will continue to treat the mentally and offer other services as well. And the new owner, CoreCare Systems, plans a change that will be seen even from the street: Some of the land along Market Street will be sold for commercial use. The institute, part of Pennsylvania Hospital, was one of the country's first psychiatric institutions.