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.
January 5, 1988 |
Apparently reacting to international and domestic charges of widespread abuse in the field of psychiatry, Soviet authorities have reportedly moved to protect citizens against arbitrary commitment to mental institutions. Tass, the Soviet news agency, said Monday that the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet has laid down new conditions and procedures for providing psychiatric care. Tass did not indicate when the action was taken.
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August 15, 1998 |
Going to church and reading the Bible regularly may do more than save your soul--they may extend your life. In one of the biggest studies of its kind, Duke University researchers found that people 65 or older who faithfully participated in religious activities were 40% less likely to have high blood pressure.
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November 26, 1990 |
The number of psychiatrists will not grow as fast as the demand for their services, and more doctors will develop specialties such as addictions therapy or geriatrics counseling, a report on psychiatry's future says. The number of psychiatrists is expected to increase 14% between 1985 and 2000, while demand for psychiatric care is expected to grow by 19.1%, according to a report published last week in the Journal of the American Medical Assn.
April 5, 1987 |
Grief and the depression that accompanies it may weaken the body's natural defenses against disease, according to a study of the wives and widows of terminally ill cancer patients. Michael Irwin, a University of California, San Diego, psychiatrist, studied 37 women, 16 whose husbands were dying of inoperable lung cancer, 10 whose husbands had just died of lung cancer and a control group of 11 with healthy husbands.
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May 20, 1994 |
Many Orange County mental health professionals are reconsidering how they treat psychiatric cases following a jury's decision that therapists had negligently "reinforced" an Irvine woman's emerging memories that her father raped her as a child. The UCI Medical Center is reviewing its use of hypnosis and a drug that was used by the defendant therapists to clarify repressed memories.
July 13, 1989 |
A delegation of U.S. psychiatrists reported Wednesday that visits to Soviet mental hospitals show that, despite some reforms, the Soviet practice of using psychiatry to punish political dissidents continues. Appearing before a congressional group, the psychiatrists also said that the powerful Soviet psychiatric hierarchy, guilty of past malpractice, remains in place. "Misuse of psychiatric hospitalization in the (Soviet Union) to confine dissidents . . . (has) not yet come to an end," said Dr.
June 6, 2011 |
People with a diagnosis of obsessive-compulsive disorder can often shake their family tree and find a relative who has also contended with obsessive thoughts, hoarding, repetitive hand-washing, behavior in which locks and stove burners are checked over and over again or elaborate rituals must be followed for daily life to proceed. The disorder seems to have some genetic component. But even related people with obsessive-compulsive disorder often exhibit different behavioral symptoms from one another, suggesting that some of the disorder behaviors are learned.
June 2, 1994 |
Sitting beside a patient during a dream session, Marielle Fuller sometimes folds her torso forward abruptly, her head nearly touching her knees, and then snaps back upright. It is a quirk not of old age--Fuller is 85--but of fervor for her work and, one gathers, of empathy for her clients. The movements punctuate Fuller's comments but do not distract her patients, whose eyes are always closed and whose thoughts are far afield.
July 26, 2008 |
People with otherwise untreatable depression improved in a small clinical trial after receiving continuous electrical stimulation of a part of the brain that scientists believe regulates sadness. A report this week in the journal Biological Psychiatry said 12 of 20 patients with chronic major depression benefited from the electronic device. For seven of the 12, the disease went into remission. The benefits were sustained over the course of the one-year study, researchers said.