Housing, not asylums

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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... Read more

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

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This is the second in a mini-series of posts–responses to a controversial essay by University of Pennsylvania bioethicists titled “Improving... Read more

Seeking common ground in very different views of mental illness

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A trio of ethicists from the University of Pennsylvania sparked some controversy last month by publishing an essay that was provocatively headlined... Read more

Gun violence galvanizes the health professions

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With over 120 different medical specialties, many with narrow perspectives, it’s easy for the medical community to miss the big picture... Read more

The anguish of youth suicide

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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... Read more

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

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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... Read more

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

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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... Read more

Can you describe the symptoms of PTSD?

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June 27 is National Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Awareness Day. And yes, it is part of PTSD awareness month. But as Dr. Matthew Friedman... Read more