Mental Health


First Person

Friday, July 18, 2014

With the American History Guys



City Wants Health Department to Assume New Role with Mentally Ill

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

A proposed New York City Health Department initiative would target people suffering a "first episode" of schizophrenia—and give the city a more active role in treating many mentally ill New Yorkers.


The Takeaway

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder: A Biography

Monday, August 05, 2013

In this first installment in The Takeaway's series on post-traumatic stress disorder—commonly referred to as PTSD—we look at the disorder through multiple lenses. Former Marine and author of the upcoming book "The Evil Hours: A Biography of Post-Traumatic Stress disorder" David Morris joins us to discuss his personal experience with PTSD, as well as in the context of psychology, medicine, and literature.

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New Jersey News

Sandy Stress Invisible But Takes Toll

Monday, July 15, 2013


The emotional toll that Sandy is taking is not always apparent, but service providers are finding about 20 percent of the victims of the storm are experiencing significant problems.


The Takeaway

Defining Normal After a Diagnosis of Schizophrenia

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

This week, the American Psychiatric Association unveils the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual, the so-called bible of mental illness. The bible has changed with our society's understanding of mental illness and health; and it's changed along with what we've all come to understand as quote unquote, normal. But beyond that controversial book are the voices behind the diagnoses.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Mental Health Guide; DC Developments; College Inequality

Monday, April 15, 2013

There might be compromise in the air in Washington, DC. Bob Cusack, managing editor for The Hill, talks about possible deals on gun legislation, immigration and the budget. Then, Lloyd Sederer, medical director of New York State’s Office of Mental Health, about his new guide for mental healthcare written for families. Plus: a 5-year study of a group of women in college shows inequality in college education; and news headlines from your hometowns.

The Brian Lehrer Show

Pushing Back

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

New York State has agreed on legislation that would require mental health professionals to report patients who are likely to be dangerous and allow law enforcement to confiscate any guns they might have. Hear what it could mean for privacy and the patient-doctor relationship. Plus, questioning whether disaster aid should be on-demand; statistics explained; the new Congresswoman from Queens Grace Meng; and what to do when the doctor says your child is obese.

On The Media

The Surprising History of Gun Control, School Shooting Myths, and More

Friday, December 21, 2012

The surprising history of the gun control narrative, the media myths of past school shootings, and the problem when the media speculate on the mental health of shooters.

The Brian Lehrer Show

Questions Answered

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

The mental health conversation continues with a look at what the obstacles are to finding policies that work, and we crowd source your answers. Plus: who is Time Magazine’s Person of the Year?; a fiscal cliff solution is on the horizon, and Todd Zwillich of the Takeaway explains; comedian and satirist Mo Rocca is being taught how to cook by grandmothers; and the Brian Lehrer Show’s end-of-year photo project kicks off with a look at the new Instagram policy and a call for your photos.


4 New York Counties Set to Receive Funding for Vets Peer Pilot Program

Sunday, April 08, 2012

Under the state’s new budget plan, four New York counties — Suffolk, Saratoga, Jefferson, and Rensselaer — are set to receive $200,000 each, to launch a pilot peer support program to help veterans suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Traumatic Brain Injury.

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The Takeaway

Redefining Autism: How it Could Change Treatment and Policy

Friday, January 20, 2012

The Diagnostic Statistical Manual (DSM) is a dictionary that defines and classifies all mental health disorders. First published in 1952, the DSM is used by everyone from clinicians to pharmaceutical companies to policy makers. Since its inception, the DSM has been revised only four times — one such occasion was in 1980 when homosexuality was no longer defined as a mental disorder. In the fifth edition, another big change may come to the DSM. Autism is up for a redefinition which could potentially reduce the number of people considered "autistic" by half.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

The Emotional Consequences of 9/11

Thursday, September 01, 2011

Yuval Neria, Professor of Clinical Psychology and Director of Trauma and PTSD Program, Department of Psychiatry at the New York State Psychiatric Institute and Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons, discusses the emotional consequences of 9/11. He is featured in Marianne McCune’s radio documentary, "Living Nine Eleven," which airs September 8, at 8 pm, on WNYC 93.9 FM.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

The Insanity Defense

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Dahlia Lithwick, senior editor at Slate, addresses the discussion around the Tucson shooter's mental health and the politics of the insanity defense.

>> Read more and join the discussion at It's A Free Country.

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The Takeaway

Dr. Mark Vonnegut on His Mental Illness, Medical Career and Famous Name

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

What is mental illness, and what causes it? Can it be mere stress? Recreational drug use? A cheating girlfriend? A vitamin imbalance?

Mark Vonnegut proposed all these possibilities in his 1975 bestseller “The Eden Express.” A memoir of counter-culture, coming of age, and living with schizophrenia, The New York Times said it was "required reading for those who want to understand insanity from the inside."

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The Takeaway

Listeners Respond: More on Maintaining Mental Health

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

We started the conversation over the weekend, asking,

"How do you keep your peace of mind? Have you been able to find good therapy for mental health issues?"

We then heard from Newsweek's health reporter Kate Dailey, and Harvard psychologist, Richard McNally, who chimed in yesterday with their expertise on mental health. However, we received such an overwhelming response from all of you, that we felt the need to tackle the topic for a second day, and hear what you had to say.


The Takeaway

How Do You Know if You Need Mental Health Care?

Monday, July 19, 2010

Today on the show we talked about the stigma associated with mental health issues. But stigma isn't just discrimination or disdain for people with mental health issues. In fact, some of the experts I've spoken to say they've seen that type of stigma disappearing in the past few years. What remains is more insidious: the idea that a mental health problem as something that happens only to other people.

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The Takeaway

DIY Checkup: Assessing Your Mental Health

Monday, July 19, 2010

50 million Americans will suffer from a mental health issue this year. But only a quarter of them will seek treatment from a mental health professional. And one in three mental health consumers in the United States report being turned down for a job once their psychiatric status became known.

Share your story: How do you maintain your peace of mind? Have you been able to find good therapy for mental health issues?

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The Takeaway

Listeners Respond: How Do You Maintain Mental Health?

Monday, July 19, 2010

With 50 million Americans suffereing from a mental health issue this year, we find out how you, our listeners, keep your own peace of mind.

Campbell from Seattle says:

"For years I struggled with depression. My efforts to control it involved everything except medicaiton. I believed I could cure it myself. I worked hard and honestly in therapy... After many more years, I was still depressed. The same therapist convinced me to give anti-depressants a try. The medication worked beautifully... I am a huge proponent of therapy, but medication absolutely has a place in treatment."


The Takeaway

Army Suicides Hit New High in June

Monday, July 19, 2010

In June, 32 members of the U.S. Army took their own lives. That's a sharp uptick compared to the first five months of 2010, when the number of suicides in the Army was actually down thirty percent, from the same months in 2009. What happened in June? 


The Takeaway

Gulf Residents Struggle with Stress, Uncertainty Over Oil Disaster

Friday, June 18, 2010

BP's Deepwater Horizon oil rig disaster hits the two month mark this weekend. Since April 20, oil has been gushing into the Gulf, wreaking havoc on the thousands who make a living from those waters. Natural disasters, like Hurricane Katrina, leave residents devastated but able to begin repair once the crisis passes. The current nightmare has lasted two months, and the oil already in the Gulf will cause longterm environmental damage even once the well is capped. What kind of toll do these unknowns take on people's mental health?