June 1, 2015 |
Philip Gehrman is a psychologist at the University of Pennsylvania who studies the intersection of sleep and mental illness, a hot topic in treating everything from depression to bipolar disorder to PTSD. "Yeah, I'm depressed," patients will often tell him. "If I could just sleep better, my mood would be fine. " He thinks some of them may be right. Experts say doctors have long recognized that insomnia or changes in sleep "architecture" - the length and quality of different stages of sleep - are symptoms of virtually all mental illnesses.
January 29, 2015 |
BY EARLY YESTERDAY, Snow- meh -geddon 2015 had coughed out its last harmless flakes. So I turned off the windshield wipers, the better to look out for Ashjakia "Kia" Washington as I crawled through West Philly. I hadn't much hope of finding her. But for once, I wanted to do something tangible in response to yet another notice from the Philadelphia Police Department that an "endangered" person had gone missing. The department issues a lot of these alerts, because endangered people are the people we worry about the most: the mentally or medically compromised, the intellectually or physically disabled, the elderly, the underage.
January 27, 2015 |
FOR A FEW brief hours yesterday afternoon, there was still hope. Police reported that the Greater Philadelphia Search and Rescue - a group formed in 1979 to help locate lost and missing people - had found a body at 1:18 p.m., caught in the tree line along the Schuylkill near the Falls Bridge. Despite immediate speculation that it could be the body of missing Bucks County teacher Christopher Tully, police would only identify the man as "John Doe. " But as the sun was setting, Tully's brother, Eddie, broke the news to thousands of supporters that #findtully was over.
November 13, 2014 |
UPDATE: John Kramer was arraigned early Thursday and his bail was set at $15,000 on two counts of reckless endangerment and one count each of harassment and violating a court order, according to court records. He has not yet posted the 10 percent – or $1,500 – he needs to be released. Kramer's next court date is set for Dec. 18. JOHN KRAMER wants you to know he's not a bad person. Two days after he sent his speeding red Corvette plunging into the Delaware River in a spat with his estranged wife, Kramer turned himself in to police yesterday to face charges that he'd violated a restraining order, harassed his estranged wife and endangered the police divers who had to fish the car out of the river.
October 8, 2014 |
IT'S NOT A CRIME to be a pedophile. Swallow that sentence and let it mingle with the stomach acid before you grab the pitchforks and head down to the comment section, because an assistant professor at Rutgers School of Law in Camden says that it's true and that pedophilia needs to be treated as the mental disorder it is. It's important to know what Margo Kaplan wasn't saying, however, in her Sunday New York Times op-ed "Pedophilia: A...
May 11, 2014 |
Doctors who work with patients with bipolar disorder should keep in mind that those people are also at high risk for migraine headaches, a Pennsylvania State University researcher says. A new study led by Erika Saunders, executive vice-chair of psychiatry at the Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, found that people with bipolar disorder were far likelier than the general population to get migraines and that those who got the awful headaches were at risk for worse psychosocial functioning, more severe depression, and earlier onset of bipolar symptoms.
April 17, 2014 |
WEST CHESTER A West Chester woman convicted of Medicaid fraud and stealing money meant for her 22-year-old autistic daughter was sentenced to 12 years on probation Tuesday and must pay back about $180,000. Michelle Cohen, 52, will have to pay more than $160,000 to the state Department of Public Welfare and $19,400 to the West Chester Area School District, as well as more than $20,000 to the state for the cost of prosecuting her, Judge Jacqueline C. Cody said. Cohen will serve the first six months of her sentence under house arrest and do 250 hours of community service after that.
March 21, 2014 |
PERCY PRIDE'S phone started ringing when the surveillance video hit the TV news Monday night, a video of a big guy brawling with a SEPTA cop on a crowded subway platform. People thought it was his son, Steve Mason. Nah, Pride thought, it couldn't be. He looked closer. It was his son, all right - but that didn't seem possible. Pride said he'd spoken to his son earlier in the day, when Mason, 40, had called from the Warren E. Smith Health Center in North Philly. Mason needed help.
March 10, 2014 |
It's hard enough to get along with people with "normal" emotions, let alone those with mental illnesses that make feelings intense, unpredictable, and volatile. Having a family member with bipolar disorder, borderline personality disorder, or major depression can feel like being trapped on an emotional roller coaster, said Edie Mannion, director and cofounder of the Mental Health Association of Southeastern Pennsylvania's Training and Education Center. She helped develop a class for family members who want to get off the carnival ride.
January 25, 2014 |
A pediatric psychiatrist in Doylestown was arrested Thursday and charged with inappropriately touching three female patients during treatments, according to the Bucks County District Attorney's Office. Basem Shlewiet, 42, who has a private practice on North Franklin Street, allegedly fondled the breasts of two patients - ages 22 and 14 - while purporting to use a stethoscope, according to a criminal complaint. He touched a 17-year-old around the groin, the complaint said. All three incidents occurred in 2013, according to the complaint.