| Jan 20, 2013
| 3:35 AM
The December shooting rampage that took the lives of 20 first-graders and six members of the staff at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., has renewed the national debate on gun violence.
South Bend, mercifully, was spared this tragedy. But...
| Jan 23, 2013
A U.S. Department of Justice probe into patient care at a suburban psychiatric hospital is expanding to three other prominent Illinois facilities owned by Universal Health Services Inc., the nation's largest operator of behavioral health hospitals and...
| Jan 25, 2013
| 4:09 PM
In the week following the tragic shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School, I attended parent support forums at the Connecticut Children's Medical Center and another in West Hartford's Town Hall, both of which involved a panel of mental health...
| Jan 8, 2013
| 9:56 AM
PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — Three years after an extortion scandal that led him to bare his infidelities, David Letterman said he sees a psychiatrist once a week to try to be the person that he believed he was.
The late-night talk show host gave an...
| Jan 15, 2013
| 5:53 PM
There is something about me that is happier when accompanied by a small boy.... Perhaps besides the sexual element, the child in me wants a playmate.
— Father Robert Van Handel
Damian Eckert turned on the computer in his in-laws' home...
| Dec 28, 2012
| 2:42 PM
No explanation of who Adam Lanza was, what influences shaped him, what resentments drove him or what psychiatric diagnoses fit him will ever satisfactorily explain why he shot 27 children and women.
The FBI and others have profiled shooters. These...
| Jan 1, 2013
As the year 2012 comes to a close, it's time to look back at all the experts' wisdom given to me for this column over the past year. Here is a list of some of my favorite tips, which range from relationship advice to career focus. Enjoy, and let's have...
| Dec 31, 2012
| 1:13 PM
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - A new analysis of data on U.S. teens born during the early 1980s ties slightly higher rates of adolescent smoking, drinking, arrests and thefts to macroeconomic conditions during the first year of life.
What was "striking...
| Jan 2, 2013
| 10:08 AM
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Taking common antidepressants during pregnancy doesn't increase a woman's risk of having a stillbirth, according to a new study of over one million Nordic women.
The drugs, known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors,...
| Dec 23, 2012
The recent school shooting in Connecticut reverberated across Virginia five years after a mentally ill gunman, Cho Seung-Hui, took the lives of 32 of his fellow students at Virginia Tech in April 2007. Mental health professionals throughout the state...
| Dec 26, 2012
The deadly massacre in Newtown, Conn., has revived the debate about the proliferation of guns in the U.S. — but also about access to mental health services. Some 45 million Americans suffer from psychiatric disorders and although the vast majority...
| Dec 27, 2012
| 5:48 AM
Charlevoix County Sheriff Don Schneider believes there is a mental health crisis in Michigan's county jails.
"We're warehousing people with mental health issues" right here in Northern Michigan, he asserted.
Schneider is not alone in that belief....