mental illness

  • mentalillness_india
    September 10, 2014  

    In India, about 100 million people are believed to suffer common mental disorders and millions more have more severe illnesses. With just 5,000 psychiatrists in the country, faith healers have filled the gap. Special correspondent Fred de Sam Lazaro reports on how health professionals have joined forces with faith healers to combine medicine with ritual and prayer. Continue reading

  • piperkerman
    August 22, 2014  

    Piper Kerman, whose memoir, “Orange is the New Black: My Year in a Women’s Prison,” inspired a hit series on Netflix, joins Hari Sreenivasan to discuss the prevalence of mental illness, sexual abuse and inequality in the American justice system, as well as how the Emmy-nominated show compares to real life. Continue reading

  • Photo by Mike Slaughter/Toronto Star via Getty Images
    July 25, 2014  

    Why have so many creative minds suffered from mental illness? Nancy Andreasen, Andrew H. Woods Chair of Psychiatry at the University of Iowa, has devoted decades of study to the physical differences in the brains of writers and other highly accomplished individuals. Produced in partnership with The Atlantic magazine, Judy Woodruff visits Andreasen to explore her work. Continue reading

  • Brain Scan
    July 25, 2014   BY Jenny Marder 

    “As a psychiatrist and neuroscientist who studies creativity, I’ve had the pleasure of working with many gifted and high-profile subjects over the years, but Kurt Vonnegut—dear, funny, eccentric, lovable, tormented Kurt Vonnegut—will always be one of my favorites.”
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  • Severely mentally disabled men and women are shackled and locked away in Juba Central Prison for years on end. The new nation of South Sudan faces a tremendous challenge to build a modern country capable of caring for all of its citizens. Juba, Sudan. January 2011. Photo Robin Hammond/Panos
    July 10, 2014   BY Victoria Fleischer 

    Robin Hammond had never considered the long-term mental health effects on the Africans whose stories of war, famine and conflict he had covered for 12 years as a documentary photographer. But on a 2011 reporting trip to Sudan, he witnessed the wretched aftermath that the war’s brutality had left on some of its most vulnerable citizens: the mentally ill. Continue reading

    May 26, 2014  

    Elliot Rodger killed six people and himself Friday night in Isla Vista, California. According to a “manifesto,” Elliot had been planning the attack for three years, and had posted videos promising violence. Judy Woodruff learns more from Adam Nagourney of The New York Times about his parents’ attempt to get to him before the attack and a previous encounter between Rodger and the police. Continue reading

  • costofnotcaring
    May 23, 2014  

    Mental health funding has suffered cuts and negligence in recent decades, leaving hundreds of thousands of Americans on the streets, behind bars, in homeless shelters, or simply isolated and miserable. With their new series “The Cost of Not Caring,” USA Today hopes to incite compassion for the mentally ill by telling their stories. Judy Woodruff talks to Liz Szabo of USA Today. Continue reading

  • suicide
    March 4, 2014  

    Roughly 18 out of every 100,000 Army soldiers commit suicide every year, while many more attempt or consider killing themselves. A new study on the rise in suicides found that 1 in 10 soldiers could be diagnosed for an anger impulse control disorder. Jeffrey Brown talked to Dr. Ronald Kessler of Harvard Medical School about how pre-existing mental illness may make soldiers more vulnerable. Continue reading

  • Afghanistan U.S. Army
    February 23, 2014  

    Nearly one thousand veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan are diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder each week. A recent report from the Institute of Medicine found that few of the military programs for preventing mental illness have been tested or proven effective. Hari Sreenivasan speaks with USA Today’s Gregg Zoroya about the report’s findings. Continue reading

  • September 17, 2013  

    While Washington mourned the 12 victims of the Navy Yard shooting, authorities released new details about the shooter, Aaron Alexis. The Defense Department contractor had had run-ins with the law and sought help for mental health issues. Ernesto Londoño of The Washington Post joins Gwen Ifill to update the developing portrait. Continue reading

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