Monthly Archives: April 2013

We Can’t Find the Next Adam Lanza Why we need to stop linking mental illness to gun violence

We Can’t Find the Next Adam Lanza Why we need to stop linking mental illness to gun violence The blue-sky truth, of course, is that the overwhelming majority of mentally ill people are completely non-violent. Even if there were a … Continue reading

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Health Law Could Overwhelm Addiction Services

Health Law Could Overwhelm Addiction Services It has been six decades since doctors concluded that addiction was a disease that could be treated, but today the condition still dwells on the fringes of the medical community. Only 1 cent of … Continue reading

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Rare Accord in Gun Debate on Fixes to Mental Health System

Rare Accord in Gun Debate on Fixes to Mental Health System Unlike other initiatives that the Senate is likely to vote on — expanded background checks, a restriction on high-capacity ammunition magazines and a ban on certain semiautomatic weapons — … Continue reading

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I hired someone with Asperger’s — now what?

I hired someone with Asperger’s — now what? It’s true that there are a lot of benefits in hiring someone with Asperger’s. Research from Harvard Business School shows the strengths of people with Asperger’s and high-functioning autism make them especially well-suited for … Continue reading

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Panel refutes link between mental illness and gun violence

Panel refutes link between mental illness and gun violence While an improvement in the United States’ mental health care system would be “amazing, … we should be frank about what (reductions in violence) we’re going to see,” said Richard Friedman, … Continue reading

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It’s Time to Stop Scapegoating the Mentally Ill for Gun Violence

It’s Time to Stop Scapegoating the Mentally Ill for Gun Violence Contrary to the general public’s ignorant abuse of the term, though, ‘mentally ill’ does not mean ‘crazy.’ The term covers an extremely broad spectrum of disorders whose symptoms and … Continue reading

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Stigma and mental illness in the aftermath of mass shootings

Stigma and mental illness in the aftermath of mass shootings Tighter gun control restrictions might help with gun violence in general, but these restrictions will not help people with mental illness. Public panic that arises following mass shootings might stir … Continue reading

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My Take: How churches can respond to mental illness

My Take: How churches can respond to mental illness As a young pastor unacquainted with how to deal with these events, I found myself searching for answers. I realized two things: First, people with mental illness are often attracted to … Continue reading

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First magic mushroom depression trial hits stumbling block

First magic mushroom depression trial hits stumbling block The world’s first clinical trial designed to explore using a hallucinogen from magic mushrooms to treat people with depression has stalled because of British and European rules on the use of illegal … Continue reading

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Christian leaders offer support for Pastor Rick Warren

Christian leaders offer support for Pastor Rick Warren Christian leaders called for prayers Saturday in an outpouring of support for Rick Warren and his family after the suicide of the Orange County evangelical pastor’s youngest son. Warren and his wife released a … Continue reading

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