April 27, 1991 |
Even after 35 years as a psychiatrist, there are nights when Dr. Michael Singer lies awake, fretting over the people of Los Angeles. More and more, it seems to him, their lives are consumed with fears, anxieties, the pressures of a rapidly growing metropolis. Many of Singer's patients are phobia sufferers. Some never go outdoors, living as hermits in tiny tract homes. Others are intensely afraid of increasingly crowded supermarkets, concert halls, banks, freeways.
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January 17, 1990 |
An elderly Los Angeles man armed with a gun and ropes threw hydrochloric acid on a Santa Monica psychiatrist at his office Tuesday, badly burning him, then died minutes later during a struggle with the doctor, police said. Police described the bizarre incident as a tragic end to a long and bitter feud over the psychiatric treatment of the man's wife. Police said the unnamed dead man, 74, was married to a woman being treated by the psychiatrist, Dr. George Michael Seeds.
July 28, 1990 |
Prozac, a depression remedy that has been a star performer for pharmaceuticals giant Eli Lilly & Co., has turned into a sudden liability in the wake of recent lawsuits targeting the drug. Though Indianapolis-based Lilly defends the safety of Prozac, noting that more than 2 million people have taken the prescription drug, analysts worry about the effect of negative news on a drug that is becoming increasingly important to Lilly.
January 5, 1992 |
Imagine losing a decade or more of life, not attending the high school senior prom or college, never holding a job or dating. Think of missing movies, picnics, baseball games, parties and vacations--almost everything most people take for granted. Try to imagine being a prisoner in the Skid Row of the mind.
January 8, 1992 |
Eli Lilly's widely prescribed antidepressant, Prozac, faces yet another challenge. This time, analysts say, the challenge will be competitive. The Food and Drug Administration recently gave Pfizer Inc. the green light to sell its antidepressant drug, Zoloft. And many experts say that before the year is out, another similar medication, SmithKline Beecham's Paxil, could be approved and enter the lucrative market for this new generation of psychiatric drugs.
September 12, 1998 |
A long-awaited prison psychiatrist's report on Theodore Kaczynski was released Friday, detailing the Unabomber's fantasies about mutilating a girlfriend, killing psychiatrists and having a sex-change operation. The 47-page report, compiled in part from interviews with Kaczynski in his Sacramento County Jail cell and from his writings dating to the 1960s, said Kaczynski's frustrated desire for a sex-change operation set him on the path to being a serial killer.
July 3, 1990 |
State lawmakers are close to overturning a landmark court decision that gave mentally ill patients confined against their will the right to refuse antipsychotic drugs ordered by their psychiatrists. The court decision required psychiatrists to receive the informed consent of their patients before medicating them. Except in an emergency, doctors must obtain a judge's order declaring the patient incompetent to participate in his own medical decisions.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 25, 1990 |
At a conference titled "What Is Schizophrenia?" held here earlier this month, the first speaker paused at the podium to ask for the next slide, which he said would show a list of "established facts" about the disorder. Instead, the screen suddenly went blank, prompting wry laughter to ripple through the auditorium. Just what has been "established" about schizophrenia was the subject of serious and sometimes sharp-edged discussions during this two-day gathering, which took place nearly 80 years after the term was coined by the Swiss psychiatrist Eugen Bleuler.
April 24, 1992 |
If the epidemic were cholera or diphtheria, the doctor's remarks might not have sparked such a firestorm. But the leading cause of death among African-American men, ages 15 to 24, is violence. So when the government's top psychiatrist compared activity in America's inner cities to the violent and hypersexual behavior of young male monkeys, some thought he sounded more racist than scientist.
November 22, 1988 |
A delegation of American psychiatrists and other mental health experts will inspect Soviet psychiatric institutions in January to determine if Moscow continues to use mental asylums to punish political and religious dissidents, the Reagan Administration announced Monday. State Department spokesman Charles Redman said that the U.S. delegation will consist primarily of private psychiatrists, although some U.S. government officials also will make the trip.