March 6, 2013 |
POLICE are searching for a Bensalem man missing more than five weeks. Marcian Newman, 35, who resides with his parents on Arrowood Drive, was wearing dark clothes and a hat when he left the house on the night of Jan. 27, said his stepfather, Dual Yordy. Although Newman has been diagnosed as having schizophrenia, Yordy said, he had been doing well. "We don't understand - everything seemed fine," said Yordy. "He's schizophrenic, but he's been having real good results. . . . He was bragging about how great everything was, then all the sudden, bam!
October 10, 2012
I WISH JACK WELCH, the former CEO of General Electric, had consulted with business leaders before claiming the White House cooked the books on the September unemployment rate ("Not all employment created equal," editorial, Oct. 9). By his own admission, Welch has publicly admitted he did not speak with anyone between the time the Labor Department released its report at 8:30 a.m. on Friday, and five minutes later when he lit up the Twitter world with his unfounded accusation. I don't remember Welch, a loyal Republican supporter, ever questioning the monthly rate during the last four years.
September 22, 2012 |
What to make of this week's dueling economic headlines? Somehow, Philadelphia is growing both more impoverished and more competitive. The Pew Philadelphia Research Initiative is out with a new study revealing that the suburbs, not the city, have raised residential taxes most rapidly over the last decade. Philadelphia hasn't achieved tax parity - not by a long shot - but the Pew report suggests strongly the city is moving in the right direction. Encouraging. And yet The Inquirer's Alfred Lubrano reports that Philadelphia's poverty rate jumped 6.4 percent in a year, solidifying Philadelphia's status as one of the nation's poorest big cities.
May 26, 2012 |
People with schizophrenia, the mental illness that afflicted a woman who allegedly killed two Canadian tourists in Atlantic City on Monday, are generally not violent, experts say, but the risk that they will be rises when they stop taking medications and start taking illicit drugs. A history of violent behavior and exposure to violence as a child are also red flags. It is difficult to get people with any chronic mental illness to take their medicines properly, psychiatrists pointed out, but it can be especially challenging with people whose brains are so dysfunctional that they may not realize they are sick.
May 24, 2012 |
ATLANTIC CITY - Two sets of visitors to this seaside casino resort often mingle in the streets behind the glitter of the Boardwalk - tourists and homeless people from across the region - and something went dreadfully wrong in that uneasy mix Monday when a woman described as homeless and deranged plunged a 12-inch butcher knife into two tourists from Canada, killing both. Antoinette E. Pelzer, 44, who holds a Philadelphia driver's license but who a relative said had been homeless for five months and undergone treatment for schizophrenia, made a first appearance Tuesday afternoon in state Superior Court in Atlantic County.
October 24, 2011 |
For the eminent psychiatrist Aaron Beck, figuring out how to use talk therapy to help people with schizophrenia has been a passion and also a challenge far greater than "working out the structure of depression," the achievement that first brought him fame. Beck, a University of Pennsylvania professor emeritus who is considered a founder of cognitive behavior therapy, has spent years trying to puzzle out why it can be so maddeningly hard to motivate people with schizophrenia and to change their behavior.
July 28, 2011 |
With his 46-year-old schizophrenic son in jail, Sam Ruggieri wasn't thrilled about the lack of psychiatric care available behind bars. But he couldn't help looking at recent headlines involving mental illness and wondering about the alternative. In March, a 23-year-old Upper Merion man fatally stabbed his parents and twin brother after years of struggling with what relatives had decided was schizophrenia. Then, last month, a Hatfield police lieutenant shot and killed his 17-year-old son while fending off an attack from the teen a day after a mental-health clinic had released him. "How can you not hear stories like that and think about your own situation?"
June 7, 2011 |
A judge ordered a second round of psychiatric evaluation Tuesday for an Upper Merion man charged in the slayings of three family members. Joseph McAndrew Jr., 23, has been held at Norristown State Hospital since investigators accused him of killing his mother, father and twin brother James with an 18-inch samurai-style sword. Their bodies were found March 5 in a bloody crime scene at their Gulph Mills home. But within days of his arrest, doctors declared McAndrew unfit to proceed with a preliminary hearing.
March 10, 2011 |
Even as James McAndrew tried to understand his twin brother's mental-health issues, Joseph McAndrew Jr. was growing increasingly paranoid about James, according to court documents. Joseph McAndrew was worried that tech-savvy James had hacked into his computer, so much so that Joseph did not subscribe to the same Internet provider as the rest of his family. Joseph was also despondent over a recent breakup of an online relationship that he had been conducting with a girl from Argentina, according to the documents.
September 22, 2005 |
Tonight, in a kind of public therapy session, two giants will sit across from each other and talk intimately about something most people try to hide: Mental illness. One is John F. Nash Jr., the brilliant mathematician and Nobel Prize winner whose battle with schizophrenia was the subject of the 2001 movie A Beautiful Mind, starring Russell Crowe. The other is Aaron T. Beck, one of the world's foremost psychotherapists and the originator of cognitive therapy, a practical treatment that focuses on changing distorted or inaccurate beliefs.