Mass Killings Could Revive Bill on Mental Health Reform

Sandy Hook Elementary School shooter Adam Lanza suffered from anxiety and obsessive-compulsive disorders. Navy Yard shooter Aaron Alexis was driven by delusions. A psychologist said Alex Hribal was on the schizophrenia spectrum before stabbing his high school classmates. After every mass shooting or stabbing over the past three years, Rep. Tim Murphy, R-Pa., has pushed […]

NIH: Boys More Likely to Be On Prescription Antipsychotics Than Girls

“Boys are more likely than girls to receive a prescription for antipsychotic medication regardless of age,” according to a study funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and published July 1 in JAMA Psychiatry. This study, done by Mark Olfson, M.D., of Columbia Psychiatry, Marissa King, Ph.D., of Yale, and Michael Schoenbaum, Ph.D., of […]

Va. Senator Attacked By Son Argues for Easing Patient Privacy Laws

Rep. Tim Murphy has found just the man to help him argue for softening patient privacy protections: The former state lawmaker once attacked by his mentally ill son. Creigh Deeds, the Virginia state senator and former gubernatorial candidate whose son stabbed him multiple times before committing suicide, testified Tuesday morning before a House panel considering […]

Sen. Markey Pushes For $60M for CDC to Study ‘Epidemic of Gun Violence’

Democratic lawmakers have introduced legislation to authorize $60 million in taxpayer money to go to the Centers of Disease Control (CDC) for research on gun violence prevention. The measure, introduced last week, would give $10 million a year “for each of fiscal years 2016 through 2021 for the purpose of conducting or supporting research on […]

Prosecutor: Germanwings Co-Pilot Contacted Dozens of Doctors

The co-pilot with a history of depression who crashed a Germanwings airliner into the French Alps had reached out to dozens of doctors ahead of the disaster, a state prosecutor said Friday — a revelation that suggests Andreas Lubitz was seeking advice about an undisclosed ailment. Meanwhile, the families of 30 of the 150 people […]

Michelle Obama: ‘My Husband Believes Strongly’ Getting Mental Health Treatment Is ‘Sign of Strength’

First lady Michelle Obama said Wednesday at the Newseum in Washington, D.C., that her husband, President Barack Obama “believes strongly” that getting support and treatment for a mental health issue “isn’t a sign of weakness, it’s a sign of strength.” “It’s time to tell everyone who’s dealing with a mental health issue that they’re not […]