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How Chaos at Chain Pharmacies Is Putting Patients at Risk

By drwong
February 14, 2020

Pharmacists across the U.S. warn that the push to do more with less has made medication errors more likely. “I am a danger to the public,” one wrote to a regulator. For Alyssa Watrous, the medication mix-up meant a pounding headache, nausea and dizziness. In September, Ms. Watrous, a 17-year-old from Connecticut, was about to take another...   read more


We Lost Our Son to Suicide. Here's How We Survived

By drwong
February 4, 2020

The New York Times By Julie Halpert Jan 30, 2020 I tried many of the supports available to help parents heal, like therapy, support groups, exercise and finding a way to honor our son’s memory. On Sept. 7, 2017, my 31st wedding anniversary, a date marked by happy memories turned tragic. That was when I...   read more


Diagnosed with dementia, she documented her wishes for the end. Then her retirement home said no.

By drwong
January 26, 2020

The Washington Post By JoNel Aleccia Jan 18, 2020 When she worked on the trading floor of the Chicago Board Options Exchange, long before cellphone calculators, Susan Saran could perform complex math problems in her head. Years later, as one of its top regulators, she was in charge of investigating insider trading deals. Today, she...   read more


What Schizophrenia Does to Families

By drwong
January 19, 2020

The Washington Post Magazine A mother, a son, an unraveling mind — and a mental health system that can’t keep up By Abigail Jones January 13, 2020           Alissa Dumsch flips through her high school yearbook, pausing on a photo of a hulking young man with sandy hair and a chiseled...   read more


Shooting victims have increased risk of mental harm long after physical injuries have healed, study finds

By drwong
November 24, 2019

The Washington Post By William Wan November 20, 2019 Even when physical injuries are minor, gun victims face unemployment, substance abuse, PTSD and more         Years after being shot, a large proportion of gun victims continue to suffer from increased unemployment, alcohol and drug abuse, and post-traumatic stress disorder, a new study shows,...   read more


Getting a Handle on Self-Harm

By drwong
November 14, 2019

The New York Times By Benedict Carey Nov 11, 2019 Cutting and other forms of self-injury are on the rise among adolescents. Researchers are beginning to understand the phenomenon, and how to treat it.         The sensations surged up from somewhere inside, like poison through a syringe: a mix of sadness, anxiety,...   read more


These homes keep L.A.'s most vulnerable from becoming homeless. Now they're closing

By drwong
November 14, 2019

Los Angeles Times By Doug Smith Nov 6, 2019               The news came in September: Long Beach Residential, a 49-bed home for adults who are mentally ill, was being sold. The residents of the converted apartment building, some of whom had lived there for decades, would have 60 days to...   read more


Exhibit explores Carlsbad artist's life with schizophrenia

By drwong
November 14, 2019

The San Diego Union Tribune By Pam Kragen Nov 3, 2019           On Nov. 3 at the Vista library, a 50-piece art exhibit will go on display. The watercolors and drawings by Dan Kasperick include still lifes, landscapes, fall leaves, scarecrows, snowmen, sailboats and more. But mixed in with colorful scenes...   read more


Lady Gaga's mother says singer was "Taunted, isolated" by depression

By drwong
November 1, 2019

Los Angeles Times By Christi Carras | Staff Writer | Oct 23, 2019 |10:27 AM Lady Gaga “went through a lot of difficult times,” says her mother.(Michele Crowe / CBS via Getty Images) Lady Gaga has been an outspoken celebrity advocate for mental health, inspiring fans with her journey from bullied child to award-winning global...   read more


Cannabinoids for Psychiatric Disorders? Evidence of Effectiveness is Lacking, Report Concludes

By drwong
October 31, 2019

American Psychiatric Association Tues, Oct 29, 2019       There is little evidence that the use of cannabinoids can improve symptoms of anxiety, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), depression, posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), psychosis, or Tourette syndrome, according to a report in Lancet Psychiatry. “Cannabinoids are often advocated as a treatment for various mental disorders,” wrote Nicola Black,...   read more