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

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 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 Truth

You're Not Alone

Thursday, May 09, 2013

Are you hearing voices? You're not alone. Performed by Christian Paluck, Carly Monardo, Tom Stephens, Louis Kornfeld, Jon Keller, Kerry Kastin, Nick Mykins, Aina Rapoza, and Ashley Wilson. With special musical guest Elizabeth Ziman. Written by Louis...


The Takeaway

New Study Suggests Father's Age Related to Autism, Schizophrenia

Thursday, August 23, 2012

A new study published in the journal Nature correlates a father’s age with his children’s risk of having autism or schizophrenia. As Benedict Carey notes in The New York Times, the findings "counter the longstanding assumption that the age of the mother is the most important factor in determining the odds of a child having developmental disabilities."


Selected Shorts

Selected Shorts: The Power of Love

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Two gripping short tales about the power of love.



Stephen Rochelle: A Father’s Story

Friday, December 16, 2011

In July 2011, Matthew Rochelle stood trial for murder. This is the story of what happened from the point of view of his father, Stephen Rochelle.


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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On Being

Dan and Sue Hanson — Room for J: One Family's Struggle with Schizophrenia [remix]

Thursday, May 04, 2006

Joel Hanson has schizophrenia and believes he is God. His parents reflect on living with their son and how they have learned to see mental illness, normalcy, and religion differently. Is there room in our culture to consider a schizophrenic personality as