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Marriage Vows Tested By Mental Illness

Wednesday, April 08, 2015

Giulia Lukach was three years into her marriage when she began experiencing symptoms of bipolar disorder. She and her husband talk about how her illness has reshaped their marriage. 

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The Brian Lehrer Show

FLONYC on the Nexus of Poverty, Crime and Mental Illness

Friday, March 27, 2015

Chirlane McCray spoke at a forum on Thursday on mental health, poverty and criminal justice. WNYC's Brigid Bergin & Cindy Rodriguez talk about the first lady's related work and role.

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WNYC News

Assessing the Role of Mental Illness in Shooting Deaths of Police

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

A forensic psychologist says other social factors may be more to blame.

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The Takeaway

Mentally Ill Inmate Set to be Put to Death in Texas

Tuesday, December 02, 2014

On Wednesday at 6 P.M. central, a mentally ill Texas inmate is set to be put to death in a case that tests the legal justification for applying the death penalty to the mentally ill.

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The Takeaway

The Sixteen-Sided Woman

Monday, November 24, 2014

Shirley Mason, a psychiatric patient whose story was fictionalized in the 1976 movie "Sybil," prompted a spate of multiple personality diagnoses—some fed by hysterics more than truth. 

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WNYC News

Rikers Reforms Aim to Curb Violence

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

The New York City Department of Correction has proposed a slate of reforms designed to reduce jail violence.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Do You Have to Be Crazy to Be a Genius?

Monday, July 21, 2014

Neuroscientist and literary scholar Nancy C. Andreasen tries to answer the question: If high IQ does not indicate creative genius, then where does the trait come from, and why is it so often accompanied by mental illness? Andreasen has studied the neuroscience of mental illness and has worked with many gifted subjects, including Kurt Vonnegut, John Irving, and John Cheever, from the Iowa Writers' Workshop to investigate the science of genius. She’s currently working with artists and scientists including George Lucas, the mathematician William Thurston, the novelist Jane Smiley, and six Nobel laureates. Her article “Secrets of the Creative Brain” is the cover story of the July/August issue of The Atlantic

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Our Delusional Brains

Monday, July 21, 2014

Are delusions just the symptom of a crossed wire in our brains, or could the world around us be contributing? In an age of constant surveillance and online sharing, perhaps it's not crazy to feel like you're in "The Truman Show."

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The Takeaway

Taking on Trauma Through Music and Art

Tuesday, June 03, 2014

In his fourth studio album entitled "PTSD," Pharoahe Monch tells stories that represent painful experiences for him, but they have also made him a champion for people whose limitations and challenges have never made it into popular culture. 

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WNYC News

Head of Rikers Says Jail System Is Broken

Monday, June 02, 2014

The city's jail system is in deep trouble, says the city's new Department of Correction Commissioner.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

In Danger on Rikers Island

Thursday, March 27, 2014

New York Times reporter Michael Schwirtz sheds light on the problems at the City jail complex on Rikers Island, including prisoner abuse and the problems corrections officers face in dealing with a smaller population, but one with a higher component of the mentally ill.

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WNYC News

Spike in Violence at Rikers Island—But Why?

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Reporter Michael Schwirtz found that, this year alone, at least a dozen inmates have been slashed or stabbed.

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The Takeaway

Isolation & Fear Inside Rikers Island

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Forty percent of inmates held at Rikers Island Correctional Facility have a diagnosed mental illness. This week, a report revealed the cause of inmate Jerome Murdough's death: He had been left in an overheated cell and, as one official put it, "baked to death."

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WQXR Blog

Mentally Ill and Their Backers Fill Vermont Orchestra

Thursday, December 26, 2013

The Me2/orchestra, billed as "the world's only classical music organization for individuals with mental illness and the people who support them," works to raise awareness of mental disorders.

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The Takeaway

From the Institution to the Community, JFK's Mental Health Legacy

Friday, November 01, 2013

Americans suffering from mental illness have long faced barriers to treatment, including stigma from their friends, family and peers.
Fifty years ago, President John F. Kennedy sought to change all of that. On October 31, 1963, he signed his last piece of legislation, the Community Mental Health Act, a law that aimed to transform the way mental illness is treated in this country. According to Dr. Paul Appelbaum, a practicing psychiatrist and professor of law, medicine and psychiatry at Columbia University, fifty years later, the Act has a mixed legacy. 

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The Takeaway

'The Truman Show' Delusion: How Mental Illness Reflects Our Reality

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Today, psychiatrists have documented a new type of delusion: The belief that the patient is the star of his own reality show. Doctors call it "The Truman Show Delusion" after the Jim Carrey movie of the same name. Andrew Marantz recently profiled one patient suffering from the Truman Show Delusion in a recent issue of The New Yorker. Nick Lotz discovered his symptoms after his freshman year in college. 

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The Takeaway

A Psychiatrist’s Encounters with the Mind in Crisis

Monday, August 05, 2013

Christine Montross, assistant professor of psychiatry at Brown University, is a practicing psychiatrist who focuses on the most severe cases. Her patients ingest knives, nails and light-bulbs, and suffer from seizures and hallucinations and experience psychosis. She’s the author of “Falling into the Fire: A Psychiatrist’s Encounters with the Mind in Crisis.” She joins The Takeaway to discuss mental illness over the last 100 years and the strides that still need to be made.

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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 Brian Lehrer Show

Why Are Suicide Rates Rising For Middle-Aged Adults?

Tuesday, May 07, 2013

A new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has found that more Americans commit suicide than die in car crashes. The rate is rising among middle-aged Americans in particular. Paula Clayton, medical director for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, talks about the numbers, what might be behind the increase, and prevention.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

DSM Woes

Friday, May 03, 2013

Gary Greenberg, psychotherapist and the author of Manufacturing Depression and now The Book of Woe: The DSM and the Unmaking of Psychiatry (Blue Rider Press, 2013) offers his critique of the American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders that defines mental illnesses.

Event at Book Court in Brooklyn on Monday, May 20th @ 7pm.

 

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