Mental Illness

The Leonard Lopate Show

Mental Health Care

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

As the Senate prepares to vote on gun control, the effects of gun violence are still front and center in the public consciousness. Mac McClelland, Mother Jones human rights reporter, explores the issue from a different angle – that of how mental health policy and access to quality care might prevent these tragedies. Her article “Schizophrenic. Killer. My Cousin.,” in the May/June issue of Mother Jones, is about the deteriorating state of mental health care in this country, as seen through the prism of her own family.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Family Guide to Mental Health

Monday, April 15, 2013

Lloyd Sederer, medical director of New York State's Office of Mental Health and the author of The Family Guide to Mental Health, offers specific recommendations for families dealing with mental illnesses.

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The Takeaway

Study Finds Common Genetic Thread in Five Psychiatric Diseases

Thursday, February 28, 2013

A new study published in The Lancet today has found a common genetic thread running through five well-known psychiatric diseases. Scientists hope the findings will clear up how these diseases are classified, moving from describing symptoms to identifying underlying causes.


The Leonard Lopate Show

How Crazy Is Too Crazy for the Death Penalty?

Friday, February 15, 2013

Marc Bookman, longtime capital defense lawyer, talks about the case of Andre Thomas in Texas and looks at the moral and legal contradictions around executing people who are mentally ill. Bookman has been a death penalty lawyer since 1993, and now runs the Atlantic Center for Capital representation, a nonprofit devoted to capital defense. His article “How Crazy Is Too Crazy for the Death Penalty?” appears in Mother Jones Magazine.

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Reflections on Newtown: My Stepbrother and Gun Violence

Thursday, December 27, 2012

For many, 2012 is ending on a sad note following the school shootings in Newtown, Connecticut earlier this month. WNYC asked five writers to reflect on the tragic event.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Continuing the Conversation on Mental Health

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Sarah Steverman, director of state policy for Mental Health America, addresses the major issues of mental health policy today, and explores options for improvement.

→ More: Yesterday's Segment on Mental Health | Crowdsourcing Mental Health Policy

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Reconsidering Mental Health in Newtown's Wake

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

The tragedy in Newtown has raised questions about the state of mental health treatment in the U.S., especially among children. Nadine Kaslow, psychologist, professor and vice chair at Emory University, and president-elect designate of the American Psychological Association, and Steve Coe, CEO of Community Access, Inc., explain the difficulty in treating mental illness in children, and what changes to policy could make it easier.

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The Takeaway

Thirteen Years After Columbine, Colorado Revisits Questions of Mental Health Resources

Monday, July 23, 2012

The gun control debate has featured prominently in news and political agendas in the wake of both disasters, but questions of mental health resources are just as pressing. What has Colorado learned since Columbine?


The Takeaway

Can Bereavement Be a Mental Illness?

Monday, May 21, 2012

In cases of extreme grief, the American Psychiatric Association is putting forth a recommendation that would, for the first time, give guidelines for a diagnosis of bereavement-related depression. The change would appear in the DSM-5 — the APA’s diagnostic manual — which is set to come out in 2013. Journalist Jerry Adler wrote about this subject in connection with the death of his son for New York Magazine. Jerome C. Wakefield, is a professor in the School of Social Work at New York University.

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Butterflies in the Belfry

Monday, April 23, 2012

Latif Nasser makes an unexpected discovery in a psych ward in Denmark--an unusual museum full of stunning artifacts. Read more, and check out a ton of photos.

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Court Rejects Order for Mentally Ill Housing in NY

Friday, April 06, 2012

A federal appeals court on Friday reversed a judge's order making the state provide apartments and small homes to thousands of mentally ill people, questioning the scope of the order and delaying a resolution to a controversy that even the court acknowledged will continue.


The Takeaway

Richard Codey Pretends to Be Homeless: What's Your Take on the Senator's Actions?

Thursday, March 08, 2012

Last Monday, as most elected officials returned home, one state senator spent the night out… at a homeless shelter. Former New Jersey Governor Richard Codey is now a state senator from Essex and Morris Counties. On Monday night, disguised with a pasted-on gray beard and some effective make-up, the man who once ran New Jersey slept at the Goodwill Mission in Newark. His night out marked the end of a four-month investigation into the state’s services for the mentally ill. New Jersey, like a number of states across the country, has been hit with severe budget cuts in the wake of the financial crisis. Codey was determined to find out just how these service cuts have affected citizens in his district. 

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The Takeaway

States Reduce Mental Health Services

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

In the wake of the 2008 financial crisis and ongoing recession, one of the services states have most frequently chosen cut have been those relating to mental health. Since 2010, nearly 4,000 state psychiatric facilities have been closed, and the duration of hospital stays have gone down 39 percent. However, it's no secret that financial difficulties increase rates of depression and anxiety, and these shortened periods of observation have sometimes had fatal consequences.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Sybil Exposed

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

The name Sybil brings to mind the 1973 nonfiction book and the TV movie based on it, about a woman named with 16 different personalities. The story became both a pop phenomenon and a revolutionary force in the psychotherapy industry, and now journalist Debbie Nathan looks at the true story behind it. In Sybil Exposed: The Extraordinary Story Behind the Famous Multiple Personality Case, she reveals how three women created what may have been an elaborate fraud.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

The Rules of the Tunnel

Friday, August 19, 2011

Ned Zeman, contributing editor at Vanity Fair, recounts his struggle with clinical depression and he describes mood disorders, memory, shock treatment therapy and his own quest to get back to normal. His memoir The Rules of the Tunnel: My Brief Period of Madness recounts suddenly being gripped by anxiety and depression at age 32. He experimented with various therapists, medication, hospitals, even trying electroconvulsive therapy, and he writes of his struggle to overcome the depression that had taken over his life.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Crazy to Lead

Monday, August 08, 2011

Nassir Ghaemi, MD, professor of psychiatry at Tufts University School of Medicine, director of the Tufts Medical Center Mood Disorders Program in Boston and author of A First-Rate Madness: Uncovering the Links Between Leadership and Mental Illness, looks at the surprising links between successful leadership and mood disorders.

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The Takeaway

Chemical Culprit, Chemical Cure? Challenging Conventional Wisdom on Mental Illness

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

For almost 40 years, conventional wisdom has been that mental illness is caused by a chemical imbalance in the brain. "Serotonin" is a household word, along with Prozac, Zyprexa, and Zoloft.  But recently, there's been a vigorous debate within the medical community over whether that line of thinking is accurate. This summer Marcia Angell, a physician, senior lecturer at Harvard, and former editor-in-chief of The New England Journal of Medicine, wrote in the New York Review of Books that the chemical-imbalance model of mental illness may be ineffective at best — and harmful, at worst.

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Radio Rookies

Mental Illness

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Tim has been diagnosed with everything from ADD, ADHD, PTSD, depression, to bipolar disorder.  But he doesn't think any of those labels fit him. 

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Gun Control: Closing Loopholes or Restricting Access?

Tuesday, January 18, 2011


I can't believe that Arizona would even think about putting a firearm in the atmosphere of a college. I cannot start to tell you the level of really responsible thinking and shaping your mind that goes into, even a police officer, getting a firearm.

Eric Adams, State Senator for the 20th District of New York on the Brian Lehrer Show

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The Brian Lehrer Show

New Gun Control Proposal

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Eric AdamsNY State Senator (20th district) and former NYPD captain, talks about legislation he's proposing to prevent those with mental illness from owning guns.

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