July 31, 2012 |
Over her life, June Sams has been told she has schizophrenia and four mental health disorders: bipolar, post-traumatic stress, major depressive, and personality. The 60-year-old Chester woman's current diagnoses - she thinks these fit - are major depressive and generalized anxiety disorders plus PTSD due to childhood trauma. A doctor told Elisa-Beth Gardner, 51, of Swarthmore, that she had borderline personality disorder (BPD) in 1996. Three months later, she was told she had bipolar disorder.
December 31, 2015
Robert Spitzer, 83, a psychiatrist who played a leading role in establishing agreed-upon standards to describe mental disorders and eliminating homosexuality's designation as a pathology, died of heart problems Friday in Seattle, said his wife, Janet Williams, a Columbia University professor emerita. Dr. Spitzer's work on several editions of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, or the D.S.M., defined all of the major disorders "so all in the profession could agree on what they were seeing," said Williams, who worked with him on D.S.M.-III, which was published in 1980.
December 31, 2007 |
The recent shootings in Nebraska and Colorado, while tragic, are only the most recent in a series that have captured national headlines. Like the Virginia Tech and Columbine High School shootings and others, these incidents are notable for the clear signs of mental instability in the perpetrators. Yet, sadly, their cries for help went unanswered, and the interventions and treatments that might have prevented these deadly situations were never implemented. Individually and collectively, these events have exposed the fissures in our mental-health-care system and the tragic consequences to which such failures can lead.
April 14, 1987 |
Defense attorneys will not be allowed to present evidence to a Gloucester County Superior Court jury supporting their contention that a Delaware Air Force sergeant was suffering from depression and two personality disorders the day he allegedly shot and killed a Monroe Township man, a judge ruled yesterday. Judge Ernest Alvino said Public Defenders Jeffrey Wintner and Fred B. Last did not prove through a "preponderance of the evidence" during hearings last week that David Mark Russo's behavior on March 7, 1985, was affected by depression and personality disorders.
December 2, 2012 |
CHICAGO - For the first time in almost two decades the nation's psychiatrists are changing the guidebook they use to diagnose mental disorders. Among the most controversial proposed changes: dropping certain familiar terms like Asperger's disorder and dyslexia and calling frequent, severe temper tantrums a mental illness. The board of trustees for the American Psychiatric Association voted Saturday in suburban Washington on scores of revisions that have been in the works for several years.
October 23, 2002
President Bush supports it. A majority in both the U.S. Senate and the House are for it. And 83 percent of Americans, according to a new poll, also believe it's the right thing to do. The issue: A federal bill requiring health insurance plans to recognize that mental disorders are as real and treatable as physical ones. The "mental-health parity" legislation, as it has become known, would mandate equal benefits for both mental and physical complaints. For instance, if a worker had a $15 co-pay for a visit to a gynecologist, she couldn't be charged a higher co-pay for a psychiatrist visit or, as often happens, be forced to pay for most of her psychiatric care.
March 8, 2012 |
The United States has a drug problem. Spending on prescription drugs rose from $40 billion in 1990 to a record $307 billion in 2010 as more people came to believe there's a pill for every problem. Pharmaceutical companies fuel this belief by bombarding the public with advertising. Self-medication with over-the-counter drugs, herbal remedies, alcohol, and street drugs compounds the problem. Now drug use has stirred up a heated controversy among mental-health professionals. Last year, 44 million American adults, or more than 22 percent of the population, were treated for mental illness.
October 21, 2004 |
AHUNDRED years ago in Europe, combat soldiers who developed tremors and nightmares were executed as traitors or branded as weaklings. We now know that it's normal for combat to cause traumatic reactions. But new research on the mental-health risk of combat in Iraq compels examination of both the short- and long-term psychological impact of this war on our soldiers and their families. A recent study found that one in six members of combat infantry units deployed to Iraq in 2003 exhibited evidence of major depression, anxiety or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
October 26, 2002 |
David Satcher hasn't been surgeon general since February, but he still sounded like one yesterday as he extolled better treatment and insurance for the mentally ill at the annual meeting of the Pennsylvania chapter of the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill. Satcher, who was the first surgeon general to write a report specifically about mental health, said improving treatment for those with mental illnesses needs to be a national priority....
September 21, 1993 |
Mental-health experts use such terms as "historic" and "sea change" to describe the mental-health coverage in President Clinton's proposed health- care reform package. But some take issue with the five-year phase-in of the proposal. And many doubt whether its most progressive features can survive attacks by lobbyists as the plan churns its way through Congress. About one in every five Americans - an estimated 41 million people - suffers from mental disorders each year, experts estimate.