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HEALTH
November 5, 2007 | Melissa Healy, Times Staff Writer
In the early 1980s, a profound shift in psychiatry set the stage for the growth of psychiatric diagnoses in kids. In a third revision of the manual often called the profession's bible (the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, or DSM), the American Psychiatric Assn. began adding descriptions of newly recognized anxiety disorders. The new entries set forth symptoms of extreme shyness, worry or fear.
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NATIONAL
April 19, 2007 | Sam Howe Verhovek, Times Staff Writer
A persecution complex. Paranoid schizophrenia. Psychotic depression, with both homicidal and suicidal characteristics. Severe bipolar disorder. Though no one can now diagnose Virginia Tech gunman Seung-Hui Cho, mental health experts who watched his videotaped message about Monday's rampage say there was evidence of all of those mental disorders. His desire to kill others as well as himself is "not an unusual combination for a school shooter," said Dr.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 23, 2007 | From the Associated Press
A psychiatrist instructs a patient on his couch: "I'll say a normal word, then you say the first sick thing that pops into your head." Another phones his wife to say: "I'm going to be late, dear. It's total craziness here."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 2, 2006 | Mary Rourke, Times Staff Writer
Rocco L. Motto, a child psychiatrist and psychoanalyst who was the medical director of the Reiss-Davis Child Study Center in Los Angeles for more than 20 years, died Oct. 30. He was 89. The cause was leukemia, his daughter, Marilyn Motto Henkelman, told The Times. Motto's early years at Reiss-Davis, starting in 1953, coincided with "the golden years for psychoanalysis," said Dr. Heiman Van Dam, a longtime colleague.
WORLD
March 17, 2006 | Mark Magnier, Times Staff Writer
A psychiatric examination performed on a former patient held for 13 years in a police-run Chinese mental hospital has concluded that there was no cause for his detention, human rights groups said Thursday in condemning Beijing's political abuse of psychiatry.
OPINION
January 1, 2006 | Irwin Savodnik, Irwin Savodnik is a psychiatrist and philosopher who teaches at UCLA.
IT'S JAN. 1. Past time to get your inoculation against seasonal affective disorder, or SAD -- at least according to the American Psychiatric Assn. As Americans rush to return Christmas junk, bumping into each other in Macy's and Best Buy, the psychiatric association ponders its latest iteration of feeling bad for the holidays. And what is the association selling? Mental illness.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 20, 2005 | Elaine Woo, Times Staff Writer
Dr. James Q. Simmons III, who founded a groundbreaking inpatient program for severely mentally disturbed children and adolescents at UCLA's Neuropsychiatric Institute, died April 8 of cancer at his Encino home. He was 79. Simmons established the institute's program in 1962, when child psychiatry was still a relatively new field, to provide comprehensive evaluation and treatment for children and teenagers whose mental disorders were severe enough to warrant hospitalization.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 21, 2005 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Dr. Marshall Edelson, 76, a professor emeritus of psychiatry at Yale School of Medicine who wrote nine books and numerous articles on the practice and theory of individual and group therapy, died of undisclosed causes Sunday at his home in Woodbridge, Conn. Edelson wrote several influential books in the 1960s and '70s that shaped the study of group behavior and sociotherapy.
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