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What care for the criminally insane can teach us about mental health treatment

What care for the criminally insane can teach us about mental health treatment

About 14 percent of state and federal prisoners (about 200,000) and 26 percent of jailed inmates (about 190,000) have serious mental illnesses, Prison and jail officials don’t have the resources to treat them, and many deteriorate behind bars. But in some states those judged to be criminally insane receive better mental health treatment than practically anybody else — including people who have never committed a crime.

April 25, 2018 | By | Reply More
Can a brain injury change who you are?

Can a brain injury change who you are?

Phineas Gage was a well-mannered, respectable, smart business man, but after a severe brain injury became irresponsible, rude and aggressive. He was careless and unable to make good decisions. Was his brain injury the cause of his personality change?

April 20, 2018 | By | Reply More
Mariah Carey says she has bipolar disorder; a psychiatrist explains what that is

Mariah Carey says she has bipolar disorder; a psychiatrist explains what that is

Bipolar I disorder includes manic episodes in which a person experiences heightened or, at times, an irritable mood, for at least a week. This includes high energy, inflated self-esteem, reduced need for sleep, talkativeness or pressured speech, overspending, and reckless risky behavior/

April 16, 2018 | By | Reply More
How many opioid overdoses are suicides?

How many opioid overdoses are suicides?

At least 40 percent of active drug users wrestle with depression, anxiety or another mental health issue that increases the risk of suicide.

March 28, 2018 | By | Reply More
State prison partnerships improve public health and safety

State prison partnerships improve public health and safety

State corrections officials Officials say the collaborations can improve public health and safety while providing states with a better return on the money spent on treating offenders while they are in prison.

March 22, 2018 | By | Reply More
Docs worry there’s ‘nowhere to send’ new and expectant moms with depression

Docs worry there’s ‘nowhere to send’ new and expectant moms with depression

Nationally, depression affects up to 1 in 7 women during or after pregnancy, but of those women who screen positive for the condition, 78 percent don’t get mental health treatment.

March 19, 2018 | By | Reply More
Number of homeless deaths in Seattle and King County doubles over past five years.

Number of homeless deaths in Seattle and King County doubles over past five years.

The increase in deaths among the homeless parallels an overall increase in the estimated number of people living unsheltered in King County. Approximately half of the deaths occurred outdoors.

March 5, 2018 | By | Reply More
Nurse calls cops after new mom seeks help for depression. Right call?

Nurse calls cops after new mom seeks help for depression. Right call?

“It’s like, everybody knows I’m not crazy,” she said. “Everybody knows that this is normal — but they’re following protocol.”

February 8, 2018 | By | Reply More
The holiday-suicide myth and the intractability of popular falsehoods

The holiday-suicide myth and the intractability of popular falsehoods

For years, the media have reported that more suicides occur during the holidays than at any other time. But, in fact, the last two months of the year in the United States are typically among the lowest in average daily suicide deaths during the year.

December 26, 2017 | By | Reply More
Washington state to require all health providers to undergo suicide prevention training

Washington state to require all health providers to undergo suicide prevention training

Most people who die by suicide don’t see a mental health counselor but commonly interact with healthcare providers in the weeks leading up to their suicide.

November 28, 2017 | By | Reply More