February 23, 1988 |
A man who suffered from severe obsessive-compulsive behavior apparently cured himself when he shot a .22-caliber bullet through the front of his brain while attempting suicide, it was reported Monday. The bullet apparently destroyed the part of the brain that was causing the abnormal behavior in the 19-year-old man without damaging his intellectual capacity, according to a report in Physician's Weekly. The publication wryly referred to the suicide attempt as "successful radical surgery."
December 4, 1995 |
You've been in psychotherapy for a while and feel your therapist just isn't meeting your needs anymore, so you decide it's time for a change. Or perhaps it is your therapist who is moving on--leaving town, going on maternity leave, retiring because of age or illness. Whatever the reason for bidding adieu, when the two of you part company, you're not just breaking off with a mental-health professional.
November 14, 1990 |
The Supreme Court on Tuesday overturned the death sentence of a mentally disturbed murderer who was being forcibly medicated by Louisiana prison officials so that he could be executed. The case of Michael Owen Perry has been the most closely watched death penalty case of the current term because it tested the willingness of the court's dominant conservatives to uphold executions.
July 15, 1990 |
Hundreds of current and former asylum patients from across the nation marched and sang in Pittsburgh, Pa., to protest discrimination against the mentally ill and inhumane treatment methods. "We're declaring that we will not take abuse any longer--forced drugging, shock treatments that rob you of your power," said Caroline Hailer, 25, of Charleston, W. Va. "We're just as good as anybody else." Organizers declared it National Mental Patients' Rights Day.
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January 14, 2010 |
A 50-year-old patient at Patton State Hospital has died after hanging himself in his bedroom, officials say, the eighth suicide at the San Bernardino psychiatric facility since the federal government began investigating potential violations of patients' civil rights at state-run mental hospitals in 2002. The Jan. 4 death of Marc Biron, who was described by one fellow patient as "friendly and kind to people," is the third since a consent judgment mandating a wide array of changes was imposed on the hospital in May 2006.
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July 29, 1997 |
Leonard James Patton pleaded guilty Monday to the 1994 murder of a Huntington Harbour woman and was ordered to serve a life sentence in a state mental hospital. His family, many of whom attended Monday's hearing in Orange County Superior Court, had tried more than three years ago--before the killing--to have Patton committed to a mental institution but was unsuccessful. Superior Court Judge John J.
May 19, 1996 |
There was a time when a diagnosis of paranoid schizophrenia probably would have kept John Segreto in a mental institution for life. But development of anti-psychotic drugs in the 1950s and the "deinstitutionalization" movement two decades later changed that. The new thinking was that most mental patients, with proper medication and treatment, could live at home or in outpatient centers. It was "a flop," says Richard Greer, forensic psychiatrist with the University of Florida.
May 30, 1990 |
Unable to withstand heavy competition and continuing losses, Midwood Community Hospital in Stanton has stopped admitting medical and surgical patients and is expanding its psychiatric services. Robert I. Mawhinney, Midwood administrator, said Tuesday that the 110-bed hospital shut down its general surgical and medical operations early this month and is now exclusively treating the mentally ill.
March 22, 1987 |
Many of the people living on Los Angeles' streets lack health as well as homes. They were put there by social policy, legacies of the mid-1960s when California was a laboratory for reform--and they sit there as another reminder of reform gone awry.