Mental Health

1:30pm

Mon January 21, 2013
Around the Nation

Gun Background Checks Need Fixes, Experts Say

Originally published on Mon January 21, 2013 3:13 pm

Experts say universal background checks need to be updated and changed to actually work.
Pat Sullivan AP

One of President Obama's gun control proposals appears to have widespread support — universal background checks for gun purchases. Some experts on mental health and gun violence find problems with the current laws, and they say the system doesn't do a very good job of predicting and preventing gun crime.

When you enter Kerley's Hunting and Outfitting in Cupertino, Calif., you're greeted by a taxidermy lion roaring and leaping. There are rows of rifles on the walls, but the owner, Harry Dwyer III, doesn't appear to be as fierce as his mascot.

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9:11am

Thu January 17, 2013
Shots - Health News

Obama's Plans For Guns Put Focus On Mental Health Of The Young

Originally published on Thu January 17, 2013 9:32 am

President Obama signs a series of executive orders Wednesday about the administration's gun law proposals as Vice President Biden and children who wrote letters to the White House about gun violence look on.
Chip Somodevilla Getty Images

If the National Rifle Association's plan to curb violence was, in part, arming school employees with guns, President Obama wants to arm them with something quite different: mental health training.

The president's plan centers largely on training teachers and others who work with children, teens and young adults to recognize mental illness as it's developing.

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2:28pm

Wed January 16, 2013
Shots - Health News

Mental Health Gun Laws Unlikely To Reduce Shootings

Originally published on Thu January 17, 2013 9:11 am

State Senator Jeff Klein (L-R), Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, Lieutenant Governor Robert Duffy and Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins congratulate New York Governor Andrew Cuomo after he signed the New York Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Act on Tuesday.
Hans Pennink Reuters/Landov

States aren't likely to prevent many shootings by requiring mental health professionals to report potentially violent patients, psychiatrists and psychologists say.

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2:54pm

Fri January 11, 2013
Books

No Going Back: A Hard Look At Bipolar Disorder

Originally published on Fri January 11, 2013 4:11 pm

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For years, I've taken issue with depictions of mentally ill characters in books and movies. Irrational behavior is easily explained away: They're crazy! No need to elaborate further.

So when I picked up Too Bright to Hear Too Loud to See, I was apprehensive that the main character, an untreated bipolar Hollywood studio executive who leaves his wife and child for an international adventure, might be a kooky manic cliche.

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2:20pm

Thu January 10, 2013
Shots - Health News

Speaking More Than One Language Could Prevent Alzheimer's

Originally published on Mon January 14, 2013 7:07 am

Scientists have found that bilingual seniors are better at skills that can fade with age than their monolingual peers.
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Not so long ago bilingualism was thought to be bad for your brain. But it looks more and more like speaking more than one language could help save you from Alzheimer's disease.

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