April 17, 2012 |
April Dunlap was 17 and weighed 165 pounds when she began a diet and exercise regimen. After three months, the 5-foot-5 teen had lost the 20 pounds she had hoped to shed. But she kept going. "It was like a drug," she said. "I always wanted to lose a little more. " When she hit 120 pounds, Dunlap's mother worried that April was losing too much weight. The family's doctor agreed. Four months after Dunlap's diet began, she found herself in a treatment program for anorexia nervosa. After only 10 days, she had gained enough weight to be discharged from the hospital.
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January 23, 1989 |
Half of sexual abusers of children have damage to the right temporal lobe of the brain, and 40% of sadistic rapists have similar damage to their left temporal lobe, according to psychiatrist Ron Langevin of the Clarke Institute of Psychiatry in Canada. The temporal lobes are the portion of the brain that mediates actions from conception to execution, including the assessment of potential consequences.
November 12, 1987 |
Arbitrary diagnosis, abuse of power and bribery have tainted Soviet psychiatry, and a citizen can be ruled insane simply for not kowtowing to employers, a Soviet daily said Wednesday in a remarkable expose for the state-controlled media here. "Psychiatric science and practice have long ago been shut off from openness by a high and solid fence," the Komsomolskaya Pravda newspaper said. "Behind the fence, there is lawlessness," it added.
May 15, 1988 |
The Kashnekov City-State Hospital, with its 2,700 beds, is a sprawling complex of gray buildings that resembles many another aging mental institutions. It stands amid a small birch forest in what was once a countryside, far enough from the city to provide a barrier of distance between society and the patients.
April 19, 1992 |
Women on the way to majority in the fields of psychology and psychiatry have not brought universal joy for men and women in those professions. Although many look forward to the diversity of thought and approach the change may bring, they also are uneasy about what this demographic shift will mean for their professions. Will there be a loss of status and prestige? Will there be a loss of income? There is good reason to worry. Last November, the American Psychological Assn.
September 7, 2012 |
Is there room for a novel about Baruch Spinoza in a publishing market crowded with supernatural creatures and kinky romance? Irvin D. Yalom thinks so. In fact, there's plenty of room to describe the life of the 17th century Jewish philosopher, which is the focus of his most recent novel, “The Spinoza Problem” (Basic Books: $25.99). Yalom's career contains many professions - professor of psychiatry (emeritus, Stanford University), psychiatrist in private practice, best-selling author - yet they're all connected.
January 6, 1989 |
In what may mark a turning point in the Soviet Union's use of psychiatric facilities to punish dissent, Moscow's chief psychiatrist said Thursday that he has recommended the release of the last remaining patients detained for anti-Soviet activity. Vladimir A. Tikhonenko, the chief psychiatric physician for the Soviet capital, said in an interview with The Times that an official commission has examined four inmates of Moscow mental clinics Thursday and recommended their release.
October 17, 1990 |
It looks, at first glance, like any other personal letter--a quick scrawl on school notebook paper. You start to read, though, and a macabre sense of recognition rivets you to the page: "Dear Jodie, There is a definite possibility that I will be killed in my attempt to get Reagan. It is for this very reason that I am writing you this letter now. . . ." The correspondence--written by John W. Hinckley Jr.