(Reuters Health) - - Patients may be more likely to harm themselves or attempt suicide after weight-loss surgery, a Canadian study suggests. Research...
Treatment with Nancy was complicated for me. I come from a family of police officers, detectives and first responders. I know how cops think. I was, in a way, kin to Nancy. It was as if I was helping my family or friends from my old neighborhood in Brooklyn. I wish I had accepted her invitation to her award ceremony. I would today.
None of my differences with Tom Szasz diminishes my regard for this great man. His insistence on rigorously examining our ideas and his admonitions about the unintended consequences of would-be good intentions are timeless and priceless. His polemical style was a means of stirring -- rather than lulling -- the minds of psychiatrists and other mental health professionals.
What I've learned is that sometimes, actually, frequently, it's okay to ask for help. Life is long and can be almost unbearably tough at points, and it would be a terrifying journey to make alone. So I've learned to ask for help when I need it, to pick up on the triggers that can send me down a dark path, and I've learned to make a plan that involves staying healthy.
I knew the outcome of the Remnants of a Life on Paper, having heard it from the mother, Bea Tusiani, whom I met recently for the first time at a psychiatric meeting in NYC. Yet this book was still a page turner of a memoir -- written, compiled and told with utter candor and generosity by a mother who lost her 23-year-old daughter.
Light appeared, and with it, some fire, when Congressman Tim Murphy authored "The Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act." Rep. Murphy, has proposed a broad variety of actions aimed at improving the broken system of mental health care, not just adding more programs or money to the already fragmented and far too unaccountable services that now exist.
Nearly 20 percent of Americans -- 44.5 million adults -- experienced some sort of mental illness over the last year, according to a new report from th...