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Mentally ill inmates are swamping the state's prisons and jails. Here's one man's story.

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July 10, 2016

by Abby Sewell Los Angeles Times June 19, 2016   Reginald Murray sat next to his mother for the first time in more than a year, under the alternately bored and watchful eyes of the guards in the visitors’ room at Atascadero State Hospital. He teased his mother about her weight; she teased her son about...   read more


What if PTSD Is More Physical Than Psychological?

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June 19, 2016

A new study supports what a small group of military researchers has suspected for decades: that modern warfare destroys the brain. By ROBERT F. WORTH New York Times JUNE 10, 2016   In early 2012, a neuropathologist named Daniel Perl was examining a slide of human brain tissue when he saw something odd and unfamiliar...   read more


Legalizing marijuana is a hazy question once you've seen addiction up close

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June 19, 2016

By Kerry Madden LA Times June 5, 2016   “I’ve spilt more than you’ve smoked,” my brother-in-law, let’s call him Marty, bragged to my husband in the throes of his addiction. A measure to legalize recreational marijuana is heading toward the California ballot in November. Marty would have been thrilled — but then, he didn’t...   read more


SDPS Member Tom Jensen, MD, interviewed on KUSI on Bipolar Disorder

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June 6, 2016

San Diego People: Bipolar disorder Posted: May 15, 2016 12:04 PM PDT Updated: May 28, 2016 5:19 PM PDT San Diego People: Bipolar disorder Click here to listen to the full story and interview SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – May is mental health awareness month and this week on San Diego People, we are taking a...   read more


Kristen Bell: I'm Over Staying Silent About Depression

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June 3, 2016

By Kristen Bell May 31, 2016 TIME.com 'There's nothing weak about struggling with mental illness' When I was 18, my mom sat me down and said, “If there ever comes a time where you feel like a dark cloud is following you, you can get help. You can talk to me, talk to a therapist,...   read more


Kristen Bell Wrote An Essay On Depression And It's Perfect

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June 3, 2016

“There is such an extreme stigma about mental health issues, and I can't make heads or tails of why it exists.” Lindsay Holmes Deputy Healthy Living Editor, The Huffington Post 06/01/2016 11:13 am ET Mario Anzuoni / Reuters Meet our new mental health idol, Kristen Bell.   Kristen Bell is once again shattering the stereotype...   read more


Most mass shooters aren't mentally ill. So why push better treatment as the answer?

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May 23, 2016

        Dylann Roof appears at a 2015 court hearing in North Charleston, S.C., after being accused of killing nine people inside Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church. (Grace Beahm/AP) Washington Post By Michael S. Rosenwald May 18, 2016   When it comes to mass shootings, President Obama and House Speaker Paul D. Ryan...   read more


With Blue Dot Project, artist turns postpartum anxiety into a symbol of hope

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May 20, 2016

Escondido mother Peggy O’Neil Nosti three years ago created the Blue Dot Project, a fundraising campaign featuring blue circles in support of maternal mental health. (Don Boomer)   by Pam Kragen May 16, 2016 After Peggy O'Neil Nosti gave birth to the youngest of her three children, postpartum anxiety kept her from eating, sleeping and...   read more


Mental Disorders Top List of Most Costly Health Conditions in the United States

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May 20, 2016

A comprehensive analysis of federal spending data published this week in Health Affairs found that mental health disorders accounted for an estimated $201 billion in health care costs in 2013—far exceeding the cost of all other medical conditions in the United States (heart conditions and trauma, which came in second and third, accounted for $147...   read more


San Diego officials join the move for a study on suicide-prevention barriers on Coronado Bridge

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April 29, 2016

  The San Diego-Coronado Bridge has been the scene of hundreds of suicides. (K.C. Alfred / San Diego Union-Tribune)   by David Garrick April 27, 2016 Since the San Diego-Coronado Bridge opened in 1969, the landmark two-mile span has been the site of more than 360 suicides. And the numbers have surged over the last...   read more