Tuesday, October 22, 2013
By Fred Mogul : Reporter, WNYC News
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.
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."
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.
Thursday, May 09, 2013
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."
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.
Thursday, May 04, 2006