Saturday, August 1, 2015

Mental Illness

Philadelphia succeeds without 'asylums'

Tuesday, April 21, 2015, 6:30 AM
This is one in a mini-series of posts about the state of mental health care in America, and how to fix it. As far as health issues go, matters of behavioral health present unique challenges, both for those struggling with disorders and for the broader community as well. The majority of people with... Read more

Psychiatric patients aren’t the only ones in need of “asylum”

Tuesday, March 31, 2015, 9:58 AM
This is one in a mini-series of posts exploring the state of mental health care in America, and how to fix it. You may not know it, but there’s a huge fight going on that affects the future of everyone with autism and/or intellectual and developmental disability (I/DD). Right now, adults with... Read more

Housing, not asylums

Tuesday, March 24, 2015, 6:30 AM
This is one in a mini-series of posts exploring the state of mental health care in America, and how to fix it. In the January issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) University of Pennsylvania bioethicists argued that “prisons have become the nation’s largest mental... Read more

'Asylums' vs. failed community care: a false choice for the severely mentally ill

Thursday, March 5, 2015, 6:30 AM
This is the second in a mini-series of posts–responses to a controversial essay by University of Pennsylvania bioethicists titled “Improving Long-term Psychiatric Care: Back the Asylum”–exploring the state of mental health care in America, and how to fix it. Just beyond the... Read more

Seeking common ground in very different views of mental illness

Friday, February 27, 2015, 10:21 AM
A trio of ethicists from the University of Pennsylvania sparked some controversy last month by publishing an essay that was provocatively headlined “Improving Long-term Psychiatric Care: Bring Back the Asylum.” The authors–Dominic Sisti, Andrea Segal, and Ezekiel Emanuel– are... Read more

Gun violence galvanizes the health professions

Tuesday, February 24, 2015, 6:30 AM
With over 120 different medical specialties, many with narrow perspectives, it’s easy for the medical community to miss the big picture of what’s most important to the public’s health. Not this time. Seven major medical organizations joined together Monday evening to publish “a... Read more

The anguish of youth suicide

Monday, September 15, 2014, 6:30 AM
If you were walking on a college campus today, could you identify the minds that are plagued by despair and suicidal urges? How many would tell you there’s nothing I can do to make it better… my family would be better off without me … no one would miss me if I am gone? In fact, 18... Read more

Battling demons? When it comes to mental illness, language matters

Tuesday, August 26, 2014, 5:30 AM
We’ve seen it written dozens of times in the past week: Robin Williams was battling demons. What does this mean, anyway? For some reason, we tend to use mystical metaphors to describe the suffering of those with a mental illness, particularly depression. These images play off of anachronistic... Read more

A conversation about Robin Williams, Parkinson’s, and depression

Friday, August 15, 2014, 6:30 AM
Like anyone with a funny bone, my heart is heavy at the loss of Robin Williams. I had the privilege of twice seeing him perform live, including a surprise set at the Comedy Cellar in New York. His comedy–pulled from his own, often difficult, life experiences–took his audiences to great heights... Read more

Can you describe the symptoms of PTSD?

Friday, June 27, 2014, 6:30 AM
June 27 is National Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Awareness Day. And yes, it is part of PTSD awareness month. But as Dr. Matthew Friedman, executive director of the National Center for PTSD, wrote in a recent blog post, well-intentioned efforts to raise awareness about PTSD often tell an incomplete... Read more
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Through prevention, education, and intervention, public health practitioners - epidemiologists, health policy experts, municipal workers, environmental health scientists - work to keep us healthy.

It’s not always easy. Michael Yudell, Jonathan Purtle, and other contributors tell you why.

Michael Yudell, PhD, MPH Associate Professor, Drexel University School of Public Health
Jonathan Purtle, DrPH, MSc Assistant Professor, Drexel University School of Public Health
Janet Golden, PhD Professor of history, Rutgers University-Camden
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