mental illness

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    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

  • July 25, 2014   BY  

    “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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  • July 10, 2014   BY  

    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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • March 15, 2013  

    In the wake of several recent shootings, politicians and commentators have called for improved mental health screening and treatment. Spencer Michels reports on a program in California called "Laura’s Law," an unfunded mandate that has proven difficult to implement and has drawn concern about involuntary treatment for patients. Continue reading

  • February 21, 2013    

    For his PBS NOVA documentary on the brains of rampage killers, Miles O’Brien spoke with Liza Long, the Idaho-based writer who penned the blog, "I am Adam Lanza’s Mother," and her son about his struggle with mental illness. Continue reading

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