| Dec 26, 2012
| 12:28 PM
Horrific as the crime was, the fact that a Baltimore judge last week accepted Alexander Kinyua's plea of "guilty but not criminally responsible" in connection with the brutal beating of a classmate last May doesn't come completely as a surprise....
| Dec 26, 2012
| 12:28 PM
The philosopher Kahlil Gibran's meditation on children is a touching favorite among parents who have read "The Prophet."
In it, he captures perfectly the helplessness we feel as our children go out into the world, into the future, and necessarily...
| May 15, 2013
| 6:22 AM
Ashley Haynes is working long hours out of a tiny cubicle these days, earning about half what she was a few months ago. And she couldn't be happier.
As events and education outreach coordinator for National Alliance on Mental Health Illness in Maryland,...
| Feb 18, 2013
| 3:02 PM
There are so many violent tragedies every day — I'm thinking specifically about the deaths of young people, and particularly those by gun — it's impossible to process it all, much less give our hearts to it. If we tried, our heads would burst....
| Apr 17, 2013
| 3:54 PM
Harford County's top prosecutor said Wednesday that he does not have enough evidence to show that Alexander Kinyua is criminally responsible for killing a family friend and eating his organs last year.
A state psychiatric hospital previously found that...
| Apr 12, 2013
| 12:00 PM
Regarding your recent editorial on making it easier for families to commit a mentally ill relative to a mental institution against their will, Maryland's Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and some state delegates apparently are missing the urgent...
| Apr 2, 2013
| 6:25 PM
The White House proposed a sweeping new initiative Tuesday to map the individual cells and circuits that make up the human brain, a project that will give scientists a better understanding of how a healthy brain works and how to devise better treatments...
| Jan 12, 2012
| 6:34 PM
The Ravens locker room, even on the quietest of days, is a churning, bubbling storm of music and voices. Most of the time, it feels as chaotic as a busy train station, as crowded and lively as a food market. A high-stakes game of bean bag toss in the...
| Jun 26, 2012
| 4:02 PM
Tidy rows of more than 900 small gravestones, each with a number but no name, line a steep hillside at Springfield Hospital Center in Sykesville, a state facility for the mentally ill. For decades the hospital buried patients who died indigent, without...
| Oct 9, 2012
| 9:26 AM
Thomas Stephen Szasz, arguably the world's foremost psychiatrist, died Sept. 8. 2012. Former psychiatrist and current columnist Charles Krauthammer wrote that "Szasz is the kind of author no one reads but everyone knows about."
That's unfortunate. Too...
| Jul 6, 2012
| 9:43 AM
Ellicott City resident Marci Maisel has spent a lot of time worrying about her mentally disabled sister, Karen Smith. She worries about the thousands of dollars Smith has spent on health care, and the reality that Smith could go bankrupt if she needs to...
| Jan 22, 2012
When local author Rosalia Scalia visited India, she was able to sit down with Amandeep Sandhu, author of "Sepia Leaves." She was kind enough to recount her meeting for Read Street. We'll break her missive into a parts, starting with her description of the...