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The Takeaway

Suffering in Silence: College Kids & Suicide

Friday, December 20, 2013

Nearly half of all college students have had suicidal thoughts. Donna and Phil Satow co-founded The Jed Foundation after they tragically loss their youngest son Jed to suicide during his sophomore year of college. Misha Kessler is a recent college graduate and can speak first hand to this struggle. Together they discuss their experiences with the distress that college students face and ways people can actively get involved.

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WNYC News

Scarce Providers May Limit Helpfulness of Mental Health Parity Law

Friday, November 08, 2013

The federal government Friday began implementing a law that would require insurers to provide benefits for mental health comparable to those for other medical services.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Mariel Hemingway "Running from Crazy"

Wednesday, November 06, 2013

Director Barbara Kopple and Mariel Hemingway discuss their documentary "Running from Crazy," which focuses on Mariel Hemingway,  granddaughter of the legendary writer Ernest, as she explores her family's long history of mental illness and suicide. Mariel advocates for suicide prevention and strives to live a rigorously healthy lifestyle. "Running from Crazy" is playing in New York at the Angelika Film Center.

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The Takeaway

How the ACA is Changing Mental Health Care

Friday, November 01, 2013

Though the federal insurance exchange site is still be plagued with technical bugs and people are continuing to receive policy cancellation notices from their insurers, there are still plenty of changes being brought about by the Affordable Care Act that many people are happy about. For example, many experts agree mental health care will improve due to the ACA rollout. Linda Rosenberg, President and CEO of the National Council for Behavioral Health, explains what changes to expect for the way mental health care is accessed and delivered.

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The Takeaway

Humanitarian Crisis in Syria | Courts and the Constitution: Stop-and-Frisk and Abortion Restrictions | Policing the New Wild West

Friday, November 01, 2013

Humanitarian Crisis in Syria Worsens | Courts and the Constitution: Stop-and-Frisk and Abortion Restrictions | Policing the New Wild West: North Dakota's Oil Boom Towns | New Movie Releases of The Week: 'Ender's Game,' 'Free Birds,' 'About Time' | How the ACA is Changing Mental Health Care | From the ...

WNYC Newscast

Advocates Urge NYPD to Reform Policies on Mentally Ill Suspects

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

A coalition of health care advocates, community groups and city council members is calling for the NYPD to adopt a new model for dealing with emotionally-disturbed people. 

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Studio 360

American Icons: One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

Friday, September 20, 2013

Ken Kesey had worked in a mental hospital, but his first novel was really a parable of what happens when you stand up to the Man — a counterculture fable that doesn’t end well.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

The State of Psychiatry

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

James Davies examines the current state of psychiatry and argues that the reliance on pharmaceuticals has compromised patients' wellbeing. Cracked: The Unhappy Truth about Psychiatry investigates why psychiatry has become the fastest-growing medical field in history; why psychiatric drugs are now more widely prescribed than ever before; and why the number of mental disorders keeps expanding.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Scarcity Explains it All

Thursday, September 05, 2013

Using behavioral science, Eldar Shafir, psychology and public affairs professor at Princeton University and the co-author with Sendhil Mullainathan of Scarcity: Why Having Too Little Means So Much (Times Books, 2013), discusses why strategies for coping with scarcity explain the persistence of poverty, obesity, procrastination, and even loneliness.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Peter von Ziegesar's Looking Glass Brother

Monday, August 19, 2013

Peter von Ziegesar discusses his homeless and schizophrenic stepbrother, who he came to take care of. The Looking Glass Brother is about growing up among Long Island’s gilded age families and tells the story of how his stepbrother, Little Peter, came into his life.

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The Takeaway

Coping With Schizophrenia By Listening

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Eleanor Longden was diagnosed with schizophrenia and institutionalized and essentially discarded by a mental health system that was unsure of how to help her. So instead Longden began to help herself, listening to and interpreting the voices she once battled in order to learn and grow from them. She is a doctoral psychology researcher and she's chronicled her journey towards understanding herself and the voices in her new TED e-book, "Learning from the Voices in My Head."

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Forged by Trauma

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Mark Epstein, a psychiatrist in private practice in New York City and the author of The Trauma of Everyday Life (Penguin Press, 2013), talks about the prevalence of trauma, from crises to loneliness, and its central role in human development. 

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WNYC News

Holliswood Hospital in Queens Closing its Doors

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

A psychiatric hospital in Queens is closing its doors for good within the next few days. The facility's CEO says it's not making enough to operate.

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The Takeaway

Plans to Reform Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac on the Horizon | Compensation Finally Comes to Family of Henrietta Lacks | The Collective Experience of PTSD

Friday, August 09, 2013

Plans to Reform Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac on the Horizon | Compensation Finally Comes to Family of Henrietta Lacks | The Collective Experience of PTSD | New Movie Releases: Planes, Elysium, Lovelace and More | Mothers Who Chose to "Opt-Out" Want Back In The Workforce | A Father's Account ...

The Leonard Lopate Show

A Psychiatrist’s Encounters with the Mind in Crisis

Monday, August 05, 2013

Psychiatrist Christine Montross discusses the gripping patient encounters that have challenged and deepened her practice. In Falling into the Fire: A Psychiatrist’s Encounters with the Mind in Crisis, she looks at the grave human costs of mental illness and the challenges of diagnosis and treatment, and she confronts the larger question of psychiatry: What is to be done when a patient’s experiences cannot be accounted for, or helped, by what contemporary medicine knows about the brain?

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Katarina Witt, "The Diplomat"; "Casting By"; Counting Calories; a Psychiatrist Reflects on Her Patients

Monday, August 05, 2013

Katarina Witt was the top international figure skater in the 1980s when she represented East Germany. She describes how she was also under constant surveillance by the Stasi. She’s be joined by the director of a new documentary about how she dealt with the unusual convergence of sports and politics. Tom Donahue talks about his new documentary about the unsung hero in filmmaking: the casting director. We’ll find out how posting calorie counts on menus can have surprising effects on our choices. And a psychiatrist talks about her most challenging patients and how they’ve deepened her commitment to her work.

WNYC News

Kendra's Law Saving Millions for NY State

Friday, August 02, 2013

A New York law may be saving the state millions of dollars, according to a Duke University study. Kendra's Law requires those with severe mental illnesses, multiple hospitalizations, and a history of violent behavior to receive assisted outpatient treatment.

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The Takeaway

Should The Severely Mentally Ill Be Forced to Receive Treatment?

Friday, August 02, 2013

A New York State law has caused a fair share of controversy because it forces some severely mentally ill to undergo treatment. On today's show, we hear from Dr. Paul Appelbaum, director of the division of Law, Ethics and Psychiatry at Columbia University’s medical school and Margaret, whose son has been forced into assisted outpatient treatment under the law.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Good Taste; BBQ Pitmasters; "Lucky Guy"; Please Explain

Friday, June 07, 2013

Tom Vanderbilt discusses what science can tell us about why we like certain foods but not others. We’ll get a preview of this weekend’s Big Apple Barbecue Block Party with three great pitmasters. Director George C. Wolfe and actor Courtney B. Vance talk about bringing Nora Ephron’s play “Lucky Guy” to Broadway. This week’s Please Explain looks at the changes in the new fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistic Manual of Mental Disorders.

The Leonard Lopate Show

Please Explain: The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition

Friday, June 07, 2013

The America Psychiatric Association’s newly updated and revised Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) is the result of more than 10 years of effort by hundreds of international mental health experts. The DSM is used by clinicians and researchers to diagnose and classify mental disorders in order to improve diagnoses, treatment, and research. Dr. Michael First, Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at Columbia University and Research Psychiatrist at the Biometrics Department at the New York State Psychiatric Institute, explains how clinicians use the DSM, how it’s put together, and why this edition has been controversial.

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